Phillies Round Out 2016 Coaching Staff, Morandini Hired to Coach First Base
The Philadelphia Phillies have rounded out their coaching staff for the 2016 season.
Manager Pete Mackanin announced today that former Phillies 2B Mickey Morandini was hired to coach first base.
Morandini will also handle the baserunning duties.
A member of the Phillies player development staff for the past five seasons (2011-15), Morandini spent three years as a manager and the last two as a coach. He 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).
Morandini, 49, played 11 seasons in the major leagues for the Phillies (1990-97; 2000), Chicago Cubs (1998-99) and Toronto Blue Jays (2000). He finished with a .268 batting average, 209 doubles, 54 triples and 123 stolen bases. An All-Star second baseman in 1995, Morandini played for the 1993 National League champion Phillies.
Morandini was also a fan favorite of famed broadcaster Harry Kalas. Phillies fans will always remember the way in which Kalas would recite his name during each game.
The Phillies 2016 major league coaching staff is as follows: Larry Bowa (bench/infield), Steve Henderson (hitting), Rick Kranitz (bullpen), Bob McClure (pitching), John McLaren (catching), Morandini and Juan Samuel (third base/outfield). Assistant coach Jorge Velandia will return to his role as special assistant, player personnel.