The Philadelphia Phillies officially announced Monday that former Phillies All-Star second baseman Mickey Morandini has joined the organization's player development staff and will manage the Williamsport Crosscutters in 2011. The expected move was first reported last week.
Morandini, 44, played 11 seasons (1990-2000) in the major leagues, nine of them with the Phillies. He was a member of the 1993 National League champion Phillies and, in 1995, was selected to the NL All-Star team.
A fifth-round selection by the Phillies out of Indiana University in 1988, Morandini had a career .989 fielding percentage at second base, committing double-digits in errors only once. For his career, he batted .268 with 32 home runs, 351 RBI and 123 stolen bases in 1,298 games. While 2011 will mark his first official season as a professional manager or coach, Morandini spent the last two years as a guest instructor during spring training for the Phillies. Since his retirement, he has served as the baseball coach for Valparaiso High School in Indiana.
"Managing on the professional level is something I've wanted to do since I retired from playing," said Morandini in a statement. "At the time my children were young and I just didn't think that it was a good idea to be away from them. Now, I'm really excited to be back in the Phillies organization and help the young players in Williamsport."
Morandini will be joined by returning staff members Jorge Velandia and pitching coach Lance Carter, both former major leaguers, entering their second season as Crosscutters coaches. Trainer Jon May will also return. May has been the Williamsport trainer since 2008.
Chris Truby, who managed the Cutters in 2009 and 2010 has been promoted to manage the Lakewood BlueClaws, the Phillies single-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League.
The Crosscutters open their 2011 season on June 17th hosting the rival State College Spikes at Bowman Field.
Check Tuesday's Sun-Gazette for further coverage.