"They haven't pitched a ton and they haven't played a ton. They've only played a couple weeks. They've done a nice job. I don't want to take away from the job they've done, but you have to understand that two weeks does not make or break you. I had a nice two weeks in my career, and then I stunk. I think these guys are probably better players than I am, but everybody likes to jump on the bandwagon, plus or minus. I think we have to show some patience there."This statement was made in regards to the performances of Domonic Brown, Kevin Frandsen, Erik Kratz, and Jeremy Horst. Basically, he's saying calm down fans and don't get too high or too low on a guy based on only a month of action. In a season that has sucked for the most part, fans are in search of a good story and hope for the future. These four players provide that. Domonic Brown popped his first homerun of 2012 last night and upped his AVG/OPS to .282/.764, but only in 22 games/78 at bats. Kevin Frandsen is batting .358/.833, but only over 22 games/88 at bats. Erik Kratz has hit for power (.292/1.091) and played tremendous defense, but the sample size has only been 26 games/65 at bats. Jeremy Horst has a 1.06 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, but has only made 16 appearances totaling 17 innings. It's okay to get excited, but don't be heartbroken if some or all of these guys don't pan out.
~Ruben Amaro Jr., Phillies GM
The title to this post is Amaro Earns a Bit of Respect, and that comes from a particular part of his quote- "I had a nice two weeks in my career, and then I stunk." Completely and utterly honest. Now, if we could only get him to admit the same about his GMing.