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.
August 5, 2013 |
It's a hot mess down at One Citizens Bank Way these days. As a distraction from the team that is melting away faster than the Nazi's face in the final action scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark , the Phillies offered some blasts from the past the last few days. It started with Brad Lidge's retirement ceremony Thursday night and will culminate Sunday with the recognition of the rambunctious 1993 National League champion Phillies. It was a lot more fun listening to Danny Jackson, Mickey Morandini, Jim Fregosi, and Lee Thomas reminisce about that enchanted season two decades ago than it was watching the 2013 Phillies play an Atlanta Braves team that has buried them in the standings.
July 1, 2013 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - You won't find Willie Carmona's name on any list of prospects. You will find him in the middle of manager Mickey Morandini's lineup just about every night at low-A Lakewood. Exactly what that means for Carmona's future rise through the Phillies organization remains to be seen. "He's a college guy who is probably a little older for this league," Phillies assistant general manager Benny Looper said. "You never know about those kinds of guys. If they keep hitting, some of them might end up in the big leagues one day. He's not a real high-profile prospect, but his bat is coming on. " The 22-year-old Carmona, in fact, has been Lakewood's hottest hitter for quite some time.