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Cliff Lee

Phillies end Amaro's reign as general manager

On the June afternoon when the Phillies introduced him as their next president, Andy MacPhail looked at the standings and saw a 27-50 record, the worst in baseball. In his first week at Citizens Bank Park, he watched his new team lose four straight games to the lowly Milwaukee Brewers.

At that point, he said Thursday, he did not think the decision he made this week would be as difficult as it turned out to be. But ultimately, after two-plus months of observations and analysis, MacPhail felt the Phillies needed a "fresh perspective" in the baseball operations department, and his vision for the team's rebuilding process did not include Ruben Amaro Jr.