Phillies Developing Managers

Phillies hire two former major league players to manage





PHILADELPHIA—The Phillies are trying to develop more than just players. This offseason, the team hired Ryne Sandberg and Mickey Morandini to minor league managerial jobs, adding them to a stable of highly regarded personnel already in the system.

"We like the group we've assembled, managers and coaches," said Chuck LaMar, assistant general manager for player development and scouting. "These guys have experience, knowledge, work ethic, teaching skills, communication skills and passion for the game and their jobs.In our system, we're always looking to develop well-rounded baseball people who can contribute at the major league level as managers or coaches."

Sandberg joined the Phillies as Triple-A Lehigh Valley's manager after a well-publicized split from the Cubs. He was Pacific Coast League manager of the year at Triple-A Iowa in 2010 but was bypassed for the big league job that went to Mike Quade. Sandberg has not hidden his desire to manage in the big leagues, but his dedication to player development has never been questioned.

Morandini rejoins his old team as manager at short-season Williamsport. Club president David Montgomery and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. had long tried to lure Morandini back to the organization. After several years coaching high school ball in Indiana and raising three young sons, the popular former second baseman is ready to give the pro game a try.

"You want your minor league staff trying to get to the big leagues," LaMar said. "That ambition is good. It's a tremendous motivator which can lead to strong job performance. At the same time, these guys are all devoted to developing good players."

PHIL-UPS

• The Phils sent lefty Sergio Escalona to the Astros for second baseman Albert Cartwright, who made it to Double-A in 2010.

• Reliever Jason Grilli signed a minor league deal. He missed last season with a knee injury.