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Ruben Amaro Sr. dead at age 81

Ruben Amaro Sr., who spent six seasons with the Phillies as a player before returning to scout and coach, died Friday at age 81.

Amaro – whose son is former Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. – hit .241 with a .315 on-base percentage over his time with the Phils. He also won a Gold Glove and finished high in MVP voting in 1964.

After retiring in 1969, Amaro rejoined the Phillies in 1972 as a scout. He was the Latin American scouting coordinator (with signings including Juan Samuel, Julio Franco and George Bell) before joining Dallas Green’s staff as a first base coach in 1980. Green died last week at age 82.

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