Phillies Franchise History: Greatest Player to Wear Each Number
No player’s name became more synonymous with broadcaster Harry Kalas than Mickey Morandini. The unique annunciation is unforgettable, as were plays like this made by Morandini.
Morandini’s unassisted triple play was the first in Phillies history, only to be repeated by Eric Bruntlett.
A fifth-round pick in 1988 Morandini joined the Phillies just two years later and never looked back. Morandini maned second base for most of the 1990s and had 105 hits for the 1993 team in route to a pennant win.
The infielder made just one All-Star appearance in his career, earning the honor in 1995, a season where he didn’t put up his best all-around numbers by October. In 127 games he hit .283 with 140 hits in 127 games, 47 of those hits being for extra bases.
Morandini was later traded to Chicago for Doug Glanville, but returned in a deal with Montreal in 2000. After 91 games the Phillies would flip the second baseman back to Canada after making a deal with Toronto for Rob Ducey.
Morandini went on to coach in the minor leagues and for Philadelphia as a first base coach under Pet Mackanin. After Gabe Kapler didn’t retain Mackanin’s coaching staff Morandini moved into an ambassador role with the team.
You won’t find Morandini on any big lists or hidden in the all-time stats, but he was a critical piece for Philadelphia in the 90’s and his impact as a coach will carry through the organization for years.