Monday, January 23, 2012

2011 Choice Williamsport Crosscutters #29 Mickey Morandini

Over the weekend, I featured a card of Mickey Morandini that doesn't actually feature the former Phillies second baseman.  In fact, the player featured on the Morandini card bears an uncanny resemblance to former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton.

Rest assured, the card featured here is actually Morandini, as advertised on the card's front.  As Phungo points out in the comments section of this weekend's post, Morandini was recently named the new manager of the Class-A Lakewood BlueClaws.  It's a promotion based on his performance in 2011 with the Low-A Williamsport Crosscutters, in which the first year skipper led his team to a second place finish with a 43-33 record.

As is typical for a lot of teams, the Phillies tend to bring back their own when filling the ranks of their minor league field staffs.  There are quite a few former big leaguers and Phillies career minor leaguers on these staffs, but here's the list of former Phillies who will be riding the minor league buses during the upcoming baseball season:

Player (Years with Phillies) - 2012 Position
Ryne Sandberg (1981) - Manager, Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Mickey Morandini (1990-1997; 2000) - Manager, Single-A Lakewood BlueClaws
Greg Legg (1986-1987) - Coach, Single-A Lakewood BlueClaws
Andy Tracy (2008) - Manager, Low-A Williamsport Crosscutters
Aaron Fultz (2005-2006) - Coach, Low-A Williamsport Crosscutters
Kevin Jordan (1995-2001) - Coach, Gulf Coast League Phillies
Steve Schrenk (1999-2000) - Coach, Gulf Coast League Phillies
Mike Compton (1970) - Minor League Field Coordinator

This will be Legg's 31st season with the Phillies organization.

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