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Montgomery gives Amaro vote of confidence

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Montgomery gives Amaro vote of confidence

ATLANTA -- Phillies president David Montgomery has issued a vote of confidence for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

Amaro replaced Hall of Fame general manager Pat Gillick following the 2008 World Series championship. The team returned to the World Series in 2009, and had the best record in baseball in 2010 and 2011. But the Phillies finished at .500 in 2012, lost 89 games in 2013 and are on pace to lose 91 games this season.

"I just believe that group of people gave us the successful period we had," Montgomery told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "They had different roles in it. I know people focus on Ruben's role having changed vis-a-vis 2009 vs. 2008. But I talked to Pat Gillick about our club this morning. Pat Gillick sat in that entire draft. It's not like we're not benefiting from the thinking of the same people we had before. That's why you have to look at whole body of work. Have we been served well? My answer to that is yes."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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