Ruben Amaro Firmly In Control With Philly (Video)

Philadelphia Phillies senior vice president/general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has made an incredibly seamless transition from the baseball diamond to the front office of one of baseball's highest profile organizations.

After the conclusion of his eight-year Big League career, the Stanford graduate immediately joined the Phillies front office, serving as assistant general manager under both Ed Wade and Hall of Famer Pat Gillick.

Amaro Jr., a second generation Major Leaguer, was named team general manager shortly after Philadelphia's victory in the 2008 World Series vs. the Tampa Bay Rays.

Since ensconcing himself in the GM suite, Amaro Jr. has continued the club's winning ways, with postseason appearances in both 2009 and 2010.

Amaro Jr. is most heralded for his acquisitions of star pitchers Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt, as well as outfielders Raul Ibanez and most recently Hunter Pence. The combination of these stars and the team's long standing core has propelled Philly to the very top of the National League once again this season.

Last Wednesday, after the Phillies 9-8 comeback victory against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Amaro Jr. stopped to sign autographs and shoot the breeze with Phillies fans gathered near the team bus. Amaro Jr. was all smiles, after completing a series sweep in such dramatic fashion.

Check out the footage via this original video.