Some articles today on the new hires around the Phillies farm system. First locally, Tony Graham of the Asbury Park Press talked to Chris Truby, new BlueClaws manager (click here for full article).
“I’m stepping into a situation where they’ve been used to winning, which is good,” Truby said. “Hopefully we can carry on that tradition.
“You get there and hopefully the players realize what they’re walking into, the expectation level of not just what just we have as a development staff in terms of getting better, but to be able to produce a product on the field.”
2010 BlueClaws manager Mark Parent is off to Double-A Reading. He spoke to Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle (click here for full article).
“My style doesn’t change,” said the former big league catcher, who took low Class A Lakewood to the South Atlantic League championship last season.
“When I’m communicating with players and running a game, I try to run it just like I would if I was a major league guy,” said Parent. “I treat them like grown men and I expect them to act like grown men.”
The Phillies announced last week that Ryne Sandberg would manage Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He and Parent were teammates with the Cubs in 1994.
Meanwhile, Mickey Morandini, former Phillies second baseman who the Phillies had been calling for the last nine years, will manage Williamsport this year after serving as a high school coach in Indiana. He’s excited to be back, as he tells the Williamsport Sun-Gazzette (click here for full article).
“Absolutely, I played there for almost nine years and I bleed Phillies red,” Morandini said. “I love the organization and know people in the organization and still do the Phillies camps and hang out with the guys I played with, so I’m thrilled to be back with the organization.”
The best part about that article is the picture of Morandini signing a baseball for Bill Clinton.