The Phillies announced on Monday that former infielder Mickey Morandini would be added to their staff next year as the team’s first base coach.
Morandini spent the last five seasons coaching in the minor leagues in the organization that drafted him in the 5th round in 1988. He began his coaching career as the manager of the Class A short season Williamsport Crosscutters in 2011. He would go on to manage Class A Lakewood the following season, spending two seasons there. He coached at the Triple-A level in 2014 and at Double-A this year. In those roles with Lehigh Valley and Reading, Morandini spent time overseeing base running and assisted with hitting as well.
Previously, the 49-year-old was a guest instructor for the big league team in spring training in 2009 and 2010. As a coach in the higher levels, he was utilized in recent seasons during big league spring training as well.
During his playing career, Morandini, a second baseman, represented the Phillies as an All-Star in 1996 and was a member of the beloved 1993 National League Championship club. He was best known for turning the ninth unassisted triple play in MLB history in 1992. Morandini was a .268 hitter in 1,298 big league games, also playing with Toronto and the Cubs.
Replying via text message, the Indiana native offered his thoughts on the promotion.
“At this stage of my life, I’m just as excited (for a promotion to the major leagues) as I was as a player,” Morandini stated. “I consider myself very fortunate to get this opportunity again.”
With the addition of Morandini at first base, Juan Samuel is slated to move across the diamond to coach third base.
Other recent additions to the coaching staff for next year include John McLaren as catching coach and Rick Kranitz as the bullpen coach.