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MLB Franchise Notes: Does Phillies GM Amaro Need To Change Course?

In Philadelphia, Sam Donnellon notes Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr., who was once “celebrated,” now “sounds like an irrationally hopeful relative of a fading and aged patient.” Whether he is “hoping for the return to health of past contributors or betting on the health of new acquisitions with injury issues, the current Phillies GM sounds more like a man fidgeting with a pocketful of rabbits' feet than he does [former GM] Pat Gillick's protégé, or even a man with any type of long-range plan.” Fans have “already realized what Amaro has not -- that the era he inherited from Gillick is officially dead, and that it's time to move on” (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 7/2).

BUZZ WORTHY? In N.Y., Dave Caldwell noted Mets P Matt Harvey’s on-field success “has not translated to higher ticket sales.” The Mets have “averaged 26,132 in his 10 starts at Citi Field, which is actually less than the 26,554 they have averaged in the 28 home games in which Harvey did not pitch.” The Mets are promoting Harvey with a “large board outside Citi Field facing Northern Parkway.” The sign on Friday “flashed a photo of Harvey in action, listing the opponent and game time” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 6/29).

CLOUD ATLAS: CITEworld.com's Ron Miller noted one of the ways Giants Senior VP & CIO Bill Schlough “has been able to deliver great service with a small department is by using cloud services whenever possible.” Schlough said that he “doesn't want to ‘be concerned with leaving the lights on’ and that means he doesn't want to worry about running his own data center” (CITEWORLD.com, 6/28).
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