Mickey’s Back

He’s back. Fan favorite Mickey Morandini returns to the major leagues as Pete Mackanin’s first base coach and base-running instructor.  A member of the Phillies player development staff for the past five seasons (2011-15), Morandini managed single-A Williamsport (2011) and single-A Lakewood (2012-13) before serving as a coach for both triple-A Lehigh Valley (2014-15) and double-A Reading (2015).

Mickey has worked with young Phillies, Maikel Franco, Cesar Hernandez and Aaron Altherr and top prospects such as J. P. Crawford, Nick Williams, Andrew Knapp and Roman Quinn.

Can’t wait for PA announcer Dan Baker: “Miicccckeyyy Morrrranndiiinnni!!”

Winter Ball Update
RHR Hector Neris, RHR Nefi Ogando and LHP Joely Rodriquez are now pitching in the Dominican Winter League . . . The Puerto Rican Winter League has begun play and 1B Brock Stassi, INFs Jesmuel Valentin and Emmanuel Marrero and LHP Hoby Miler are playing there.

SS J. P. Crawford’s Arizona Fall League season ended last week at five games because of a partial tear of the UCL ligament in his left thumb.  He’s expected to be 100 percent healthy by spring training. INF Drew Stankiewicz (Clearwater-Lakewood) replaced Crawford on the Glendale Desert Dogs.

World Series Leftovers
When a team wins the World Series, other clubs often try to follow that model. Well, the Royals have solid starting pitchers, a deadly and deep bullpen, excellent defense, a relentless offense that puts the ball in play, aggressive base-running and little power.

Yes, in 16 postseason games, they hit 17 homers.  (In the regular season, 139 in 162 games to rank #24).

Other postseason numbers: their hitters fanned 108 times; their pitchers struck out 160. They scored 90 runs, 51 after the sixth inning, including all seven in Sunday’s deciding game.  Errors? 3.

From Elias Sports Bureau: Kansas City was the first team to win three games in the same World Series in which it trailed in the eighth inning or later.

One last WS note:  Thought FOX’s broadcasting trio of Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and
Tom Verducci were excellent.

This Date in Phillies History
November 2
Awards Day: Steve Carlton was chosen the National League Cy Young Award winner on
this date in both 1972 and 1977 . . . Other awards on this date include 1950 Jim
Konstanty wins NL’s MVP Award and 1983 John Denny, NL’s Cy Young Award . . . Then,
2005, Pat Gillick hired as GM.

November 2, 2009
WS #5 at New York: With their backs against the wall, Chase Utley hits two home runs,
Giving him five and matching the WS record.  Phillies prevail, 8-6, as Ryan Madson
records a save.

Sneak Peek
The Fightin’ Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits
is the title of my new book which will be available starting next May in book stores and on-line. Larry Andersen wrote a hilarious foreword. Publisher again is Triumph Books
(triumphbooks.com).

A roster of 23 players and a rookie manager etched their place in Phillies history by winning the franchise’s first National League pennant in 1915.  While we have lived through later championship clubs, we know little about the team from 100 years ago. Their faces are obscure but they have a special place in the team’s history.  Included in this chapter is a fascinating story by Bob Warrington, a baseball historian and author, about spring training in St. Petersburg, FL.

 

 

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