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The Broadcaster Search Begins

wheels and sargeEverybody wants to know who the next Phillies color commentator is going to be.

Here are a few names in a story I wrote today.

Two of Comcast’s top choices said no or aren’t interested: Brad Lidge and Dan Plesac. Either would be fantastic, in my opinion. Both are incredibly smart and likeable. Lidge has been impressive on SiriusXM. Plesac is fantastic on MLB Network. But both have reasons for not joining Tom McCarthy in the booth. Lidge told the Daily News the timing isn’t right. And Plesac has a truly excellent gig at MLB Network.

Names I have heard a lot include Doug Glanville, who works with ESPN; Buck Martinez, who broadcasts with the Blue Jays; Kevin Stocker, who has received high marks for his work with the Pac-12 and CBS Sports networks; and Mickey Morandini, who is a coach with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Jamie Moyer‘s name has been mentioned, although I’m not certain of the interest either way. Ricky Bottalico and Ben Davis already work with Comcast, so they could be in the mix.

Who else is out there? Who do you want?

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Bad news: Phillies pitching prospects Adam Morgan and Shane Watson are going to miss most of 2014 following shoulder surgeries.

Phillies Announce Minor League Coaching Staffs

The Phillies announced their Minor League player development staff today:

We already knew Ryne Sandberg will manage Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Mickey Morandini will manage Class A Williamsport.

Les Lancaster joins the organization as the rookie-level Gulf Coast Phillies pitching coach. Mark Parent will manager Double-A Reading after managing Class A Lakewood last season. Chris Truby will manager Lakewood after managing Williamsport last season. Here is a look at the rest of the staffs:

  • Lehigh Valley: Sandberg (manager), Sal Rende (coach) and Rod Nichols (pitching coach).
  • Reading: Parent (manager), Frank Cacciatore (coach) and Bob Milacki (pitching coach).
  • Clearwater: Dusty Wathan (manager), TBA (coach), Dave Lundquist (pitching coach).
  • Lakewood: Truby (manager), Gregg Legg (coach), Steve Schrenk (pitching coach).
  • Williamsport: Morandini (manager), Jorge Valandia (coach) and Lance Carter (pitching coach).
  • Gulf Coast Phillies: Roly deArmas (manager), Kevin Jordan (coach), Carlos Arroyo (pitching coach) and Lancaster (pitching coach).

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Morandini to Manage Class A Williamsport

Mickey Morandini is back with the Phillies.

He told the Northwest Indiana Times he will manage Class A Williamsport next season.

Morandini resigned as Valparaiso High School baseball coach.

“I’m gonna miss it. I had fun. I really enjoyed working with the kids,” Morandini told the paper. “But this is an opportunity to do some good things at the professional level, and it’s something I couldn’t pass up. I’m excited about it. I know the owner and G.M. very well. It’s a great, family-owned organization that’s always taken care of its past players. Its minor-league system is very well-run. I’m excited to be a part of it again.”

Quite a couple weeks for coaching hires. The Phillies hire Juan Samuel to replace Davey Lopes, Ryne Sandberg to manage Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Morandini.

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Bruntlett Turns Three

bruntlett 0823.jpgEric Brunlett‘s unassisted triple play today at Citi Field might have been one of the most incredible things I’ve seen in baseball.

It is just the 14th unassisted triple play in baseball history. It is only the second unassisted triple play to end the game. The first came May 31, 1927, when Tigers first baseman John Neun turned one against the Cleveland Indians.

“It’s hard to know how to react to it,” Bruntlett siad. “I was almost laughing. That doesn’t happen. What do you do there? Game is over. High fives.”

It was the Phillies’ first triple play since Sept. 12, 2007, against Colorado. It was the first unassisted triple play since Mickey Morandini turned one Sept. 20, 1992 against the Pirates.

“It’s crazy (stuff),” Jeff Francoeur said. “That’s all I’ve got to say.”

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Werth Is an All-Star


werth 071009.jpgCharlie Manuel
has picked Jayson Werth to replace Carlos Beltran on the National League All-Star team.

Wow.

I wrote last night that Werth deserved serious consideration for the spot, but I never thought it would happen. From what I understood, Manuel and the league would pick Beltran’s replacement. While Werth is hitting .268 with 20 homers, 54 RBIs and 12 stolen bases, I thought the league would steer Manuel in a different direction because the Phillies already have outfielders Raul Ibanez and Shane Victorino on the NL roster. I figured Beltran’s replacement would come from a trio of Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (.328, 13 homers, 48 RBIs), Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (.319, 10, 46, 19 stolen bases) and Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds (.262, 24, 62, 15 stolen bases).

Manuel had more pull than I thought.

The Phillies are sending five players to the All-Star Game: Ibanez, Victorino, Werth, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. The last time the Phillies sent five players to the All-Star Game was 1995, when they sent Darren Daulton, Lenny Dykstra, Tyler Green, Mickey Morandini and Heathcliff Slocumb. They also sent five players in 1976, 1979 and 1981.

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The last time a team sent three outfielders to the All-Star Game? The 1995 Cleveland Indians, who sent Albert Belle, Kenny Lofton and Manny Ramirez.

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