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Mickey Morandini Back With Phillies Organization

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One of the most recognizable names Harry Kalas ever uttered. Mickey Mor-an-diniii! The Phillies former second baseman has re-joined the organization as the manager of the low A team in Williamsport, PA. He had previously been managing the Valparaiso High School team. Morandini says that the Phillies have been after him for years to come back to the organization.

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“Part of the reason I didn’t do it earlier was I wanted to see my children grow up and coach them,” he said. “I’ve done that almost the last eight years. (The Phillies) contact me almost every year since I retired. I told them I wanted to eventually get back in it. I’m not getting any younger, so I figured this was a good time to do it.”

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Morandini is the second former second baseman to take over one of the Phillies minor league teams. Hall of famer Ryne Sandberg will manage AAA Lehigh Valley this season. Mickey said he’s going to miss coaching the high school team, but is excited to be a part of the Phillies.

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“I’m gonna miss it. I had fun. I really enjoyed working with the kids,” Morandini said. “But this is an opportunity to do some good things at the professional level, and it’s something I couldn’t pass up. I’m excited about it. I know the owner and G.M. very well. It’s a great, family-owned organization that’s always taken care of its past players. Its minor-league system is very well-run. I’m excited to be a part of it again.”