Morandini to Return as Manager in 2013

The big news we referenced in our previous post: Mickey Morandini will return to the BlueClaws as the team’s manager in 2013 after leading the BlueClaws in 2012.

Greg Legg (coach) and Aaron Fultz (pitching coach) round out the staff.


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Phillies minor league staff listing:

Trivia: Morandini will be the 3rd BlueClaws manager to lead the team in two different seasons. Can you name the other two?

Answer, along with the remainder of the release, below the jump.

The answer is: PJ Forbes (2004-2005), who most recently managed Altoona in the Pirates organization, and Steve Roadcap (2007-2008), who is now a professional scout with the Reds.

Full release:

LAKEWOOD, NJ – Mickey Morandini will return to Lakewood and manage the BlueClaws again in 2013, the Phillies announced Tuesday. Greg Legg will again serve as the BlueClaws hitting coach and Aaron Fultz will take over as the team’s pitching coach after working with short-season Williamsport last year.

Morandini is the third BlueClaws manager to the team in multiple seasons, joining PJ Forbes (2004-2005) and Steve Roadcap (2007-2008).

“I’m looking forward to coming back,” said Morandini. “We have a great ballpark, great fans, and a great atmosphere. It’s a fun place to play baseball.”

Drafted by the Phillies in the 5th round of the 1988 draft (Indiana University), Morandini played 11 years in the Major Leagues, including parts of nine seasons with the Phillies. He was on the 1993 National League Championship club and a 1995 All-Star. Morandini was the head coach of Valparaiso High School in Indiana for four years and managed Williamsport in 2011 before joining the BlueClaws last year.

Legg has been in the Phillies system as a player, coach, or manager since the team drafted him in 1982. He served as the first BlueClaws manager in 2001 and has been the team’s hitting coach since 2008. Five BlueClaws tutored by Legg in Lakewood over the last five seasons have already reached the Major Leagues (Domonic Brown, Freddy Galvis, and Michael Taylor from 2008; Anthony Gose from 2009; Darin Ruf from 2010).

In addition to working together last year, Morandini and Legg played together when both were coming up through the Phillies system.

“I’m looking forward to having him come back and work with the hitters again,” said Morandini. “He’s a great guy and works very hard.”

Fultz will start his first year with the BlueClaws after serving as the pitching coach last year with short-season Williamsport. He pitched in the Major Leagues with five teams, including a two-year stint (2006-2006) with the Phillies. This will be his second season as a professional coach.

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