New Philadelphia Phillies President Andy MacPhail will be in attendance at the Phillies Winter Banquet on Tuesday, January 19th at the Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel starting at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. for a cocktail hour. Also joining MacPhail will be Director of Player Development Joe Jordan, Director of Professional Scouting Mike Ondo, and Assistant Director of Player Development Steve Noworyta. The banquet will be emceed by Phillies radio play-by-play announcer Scott Franzke.
They round out a lineup that features previously announced guests Phillies manager Pete Mackanin, starting pitcher Aaron Nola, and catcher Cameron Rupp on the dais. The event will also feature the crowning of the 2016 King of Baseballtown Chris Blum, the all-time winningest head coach of Kutztown University's baseball team.
MacPhail, 62, was hired as the president of the Phillies in June and took over the reins of the team in mid-October. He most recently served as president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles form 2007-2011 where he oversaw all aspects of major league, minor league, and scouting operations. Prior to joining the Orioles, MacPhail spent 12 years with the Chicago Cubs as president and CEO (1994-2006). Under his leadership, the team reached the postseason twice. As general manager of the Minnesota Twins, the club won two World Series titles.
Jordan is entering his fourth season as the director of player development with the Phillies after spending seven years as the director of scouting with the Baltimore Orioles. Among the players he selected with Baltimore were left-handed pitcher Brian Matusz, catcher Matt Wieters, and outfielder Nolan Reimold. A former minor leaguer with the San Francisco Giants, Jordan has also spent time in the majors as Midwest supervisor and national cross-checker with the Florida Marlins (2002-04) and as a scout and Midwest supervisor for the Montreal Expos (1997-2001).
As the Phillies Director of Professional Scouting since 2010, Ondo has overseen the pro scouting staff at the major and minor league levels. He coordinates the club's Rule 5 draft preparation and organizes the Phillies' annual Prospect Education Program.
Noworyta joined the Phillies on October 26, 1988 after 16 seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization. He oversees Phillies affiliates in the Gulf Coast, New York-Penn, South Atlantic, Eastern, and International Leagues.
Franzke has been with the Phillies since the 2006 season, where he debuted as the pre- and post-game host for Phillies radio broadcasts and radio play-by-play in the middle innings. In 2007, he took over as the main play-by-play commentator for Phillies radio broadcasts, working with Larry Andersen. The duo won the Philadelphia A.I.R. (Achievement in Radio) Best Live Sports Event Coverage award in 2007 and 2008. He was also the winner of the 2010 Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year Award, given by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
The annual event is the chief fundraiser for Baseballtown Charities, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded to keep baseball alive in Reading through programs that honor the city's rich baseball history and secure its future by giving more kids the opportunity to play and learn from the game's life lessons.
The event will also feature an auction featuring sports collectibles and other items, raffles, highlight videos, and more.
Seating and table reservations for the annual event are available now by calling 610-370-BALL, logging on Fightins.com, or by stopping by the Fightins Ticket Office located at FirstEnergy Stadium. Individual reservations for the annual event cost $65. Table reservations of 10 people for the banquet cost $500.