May 3, 2016 |
It's fascinating, fun, and entirely fair to wonder whether it can last. The Phillies started the month of May on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park the same way they ended their uplifting month of April. Despite the hitters mostly being marked absent, they still managed to finish off a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a chilly, 2-1 victory that pushed them to five games over .500 at 15-10. That's six wins in a row, nine out of 10, and zero negative thoughts in a youthful clubhouse, even though some numbers indicate trouble ahead if the offense continues to struggle.
March 4, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Happens all the time, Mickey Morandini said. He'll be walking down the street, and it could be anywhere. Philadelphia, of course. That's easy and obvious. But elsewhere, too. Maybe in Williamsport, Pa., where he was the manager of the Phillies' single-A affiliate there in 2011. Maybe in Lakewood, N.J., where he managed in 2012 and 2013. Maybe in suburban Allentown or in downtown Reading. Morandini coached in both of those places the last couple of years. Maybe here, now that he's the Phillies' first-base coach.
November 4, 2015 |
FORMER PHILLIES All-Star second baseman Mickey Morandini will be back in red pinstripes in 2016. Morandini was hired Monday as the team's first base coach, the Phillies announced. Morandini rounds out the 2016 coaching staff for first-year manager Pete Mackanin. Morandini, 49, was the hitting coach at Double A Reading in 2015, his fifth season on the team's player development staff. During that time, Morandini managed at both short-season Williamsport (2011) and Low-A Lakewood (2012-13)
February 13, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Forever remembered in Philadelphia for their contributions to the 2008 World Series championship, Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs will author a new chapter this season as Phillies broadcasters. The two popular former Phillies were hired Tuesday by Comcast SportsNet. They replace venerable broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews, who were dropped from the booth last month by Comcast. Moyer and Stairs have little experience in TV work, but they have instant cachet with fans.
January 31, 2014 |
LAST WEEK, Matt Stairs announced through his Twitter account that he was headed to today's Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center. But it turns out he has some business to attend to in Philly, too. Stairs, a member of the 2008 world champion Phillies, will interview with Comcast SportsNet for the vacant TV broadcasting job, according to an MLB.com report. Stairs, 45, retired as a player after spending the 2011 season with the Washington Nationals. He worked as an in-studio analyst for NESN in Boston during the 2012 season.
January 17, 2014 |
The goal has not changed for Mickey Morandini. The role might. Morandini, 47, still wants to be a long-term member of the Phillies, the team that drafted him out of Indiana University in 1988. He is preparing for his first season as a coach at the team's triple-A Lehigh Valley affiliate after serving as a minor-league manager with short-season Williamsport (2011) and low-A Lakewood (2012-13) the last three years. Last week, however, a curveball was thrown at Morandini in the form of a phone call.
September 2, 2013 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - The first thing you notice is how Carlos Tocci's white Lakewood BlueClaws jersey hangs from his lean torso. A few hairs dot his face - the result of two months without shaving. His English is timid, but the 18-year-old Venezuelan laughs when he hears the word cheeseburger. "I'm the skinniest guy here," Tocci said through a translator. "But, I mean, a lot of these guys have six or seven years on me. " It is what makes a .211 batting average and .513 OPS entering the weekend superficial because Tocci survived.
August 16, 2013 |
WHEN DEALING with minor league prospects, it is important to remember that patience is the key to long-term success. Now in his second season in the Phillies organization, outfielder Larry Greene has experienced both ups and downs over the course of his first 2 years. Greene, 20, has yet to live up to his personal expectations at Class A Lakewood but believes it is all part of the process of adjusting to the next level. Greene was selected 39th overall in the 2011 MLB Draft out of Berrien County High School in Nashville, Ga. While he was expected to be drafted between the second and third round, the Phillies selected the lefthanded slugger at the end of the first round for his raw ability and potential at the plate.
August 6, 2013 |
BEFORE ONE INNING, Danny Jackson sang happy birthday to a random fan. After another, a collection of 1993 Phillies sang a pretty awful version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame. " Before the game, they took their positions on the field, with Mariano Duncan and Mickey Morandini sharing second base, just as they did 20 years ago. An announced crowd of 37,235 fans descended upon Citizens Bank Park on Sunday night. They came for nostalgia, stayed for the baseball. But the baseball was so bad during Alumni Weekend in South Philly that the people in the promotions department may want to find 28 more memorable seasons to celebrate in the remaining home dates on the 2013 schedule.