Ruben Amaro Jr., the general manager of the 2009 National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies, and Benny Looper, the assistant general manager of player personnel for the Philadelphia Phillies, have both been added to the 2010 Phillies Winter Tour, which will take place on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at The Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel.
The event will begin at 5:30 PM with cocktail hour, and will feature prizes, highlight videos, dinner and more. As in past years, the event will also serve as the annual King of Baseballtown fundraiser, with this year's being the 8th annual. The 2010 King of Baseballtown, as well as additional Phillies players and speakers, will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for the banquet are $65 each or $600 for a 10-person table and are available online at readingphillies.com, at FirstEnergy Stadium or by phone (610-375-8469). Proceeds benefit the Reading Phillies Baseballtown Charities, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping more children, who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity, play baseball. Complete registration and financial information of Baseballtown Charities can be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State at 1-800-732-0999.
Amaro Jr. was named senior vice president and general manager on November 3, 2008 after 10 years as an assistant GM under Pat Gillick (2006-2008) and Ed Wade (1999-2005). Last season, Amaro Jr. helped lead the Philies to their second straight World Series appearance, and first under his guidance. Born on February 12, 1965 in Philadelphia, PA, Ruben's time with the Philadelphia Phillies dates all the way back to 1980, when his father Ruben Sr. was a first base coach for the Phillies and he was a batboy for the team (1980-1983). Originally drafted by the Angels in the 11th round, Amaro Jr. made his Major League debut in 1991 for the club. Following the season, he was traded to his hometown Phillies, where he spent five of his final seven big league seasons.
Looper, who joined the Philadelphia Phillies on November 7, 2008, spent the previous 22 years in the Seattle Mariners organization, more recently as vice president, player personnel (2007-08), VP, player development and scouting (2004-2006), and VP, player development (2002-03). Born on September 29, 1948, Looper first joined the Mariners organization in 1987 as a part-time scout.
The Reading Phillies trademarked the name Baseballtown in 2002 and began programs in its name with goals to honor Reading's rich baseball history and secure its baseball future by giving more kids the opportunity to play and learn from the game's life lessons.
Full season and partial season ticket packages for the 2010 season, as well as tickets to the all-you-can-eat picnic buffet areas, are on sale now and can be purchased in person at FirstEnergy Stadium, by calling (610) 375-8469 or by visiting www.readingphillies.com. "Bring the Fam to America's Classic Ballpark."
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