LAKEWOOD, NJ - Former Phillies second baseman Mickey Morandini will manage
the BlueClaws in 2012, it was announced by the Phillies on Monday.
Morandini is joined on the staff by hitting coach Greg Legg and pitching
coach Les Lancaster.
Morandini hit .268 over 11 big league seasons, nine of them with
Philadelphia. He was the starting second baseman on the club that advanced
to the 1993 World Series and an All-Star in 1995.
Most recently, Morandini managed Williamsport in 2011, leading the
Crosscutters to a record of 43-33 with a number of players that should be
with the BlueClaws in 2012. Morandini had been an instructor at spring
training the two previous years and served as the head baseball coach at
Valparaiso High School in Indiana.
He becomes the 10th manager in BlueClaws history, replacing Chris Truby,
who will move up to manage Hi-A Clearwater in 2012.
Legg returns for his sixth season with Lakewood and fifth consecutive
after serving as the first manager in team history in 2001. Legg has been
Lakewood's hitting coach since 2008. Last year, he was the winner of the
John Vukovich Award, presented by the Phillies in honor of his 30 years of
service to the Philadelphia organization.
Lancaster went 41-28 over seven Major League seasons, five with the Cubs,
from 1987-1993. He served as a pitching coach for the Gulf Coast League
Phillies in 2011, his first season in the organization.
Ryne Sandberg returns for his second season with Triple- A Leghigh Valley.
Dusty Wathan, who managed the BlueClaws to the South Atlantic League title
in 2009, will manage Double-A Reading in 2012. Wathan, who spent the last
two years with Clearwater, replaces Mark Parent (who led the BlueClaws to
the 2010 SAL title), now the bench coach with the White Sox.
Chris Truby, Lakewood's manager last year, will manage Clearwater in 2012.
Andy Tracy joins the staff and will manage short-season Williamsport.
Coaching staffs will report to Clearwater for spring training in late
February. The BlueClaws open the 2012 season in Greenville on April 5th
and the home opener is Thursday, April 12th.
Ticket packages and group outings for the 2012 season are now on sale. To
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