Ruben Amaro Jr. a confident leader

Phillies' GM has taken advantage of his strong bloodlines to build a consistent winner

Originally Published: October 3, 2011
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

In 1956, the 20-year-old son of a Latin American baseball legend had come home from a summer playing in the minor leagues in Texas with a startling confession.

"I'm done," he told his father. "I can't do it anymore. I quit."

The father, a tall, gentle, dark-skinned man named Santos -- a barnstormer who had played and managed in Mexico and in his native Cuba -- calmly looked at his son and asked what had happened.

What a terrible summer it had been, the son explained. The ...

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