For the Love of the Game: Former Philadelphia Phillie Second Baseman Mickey Morandini


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Our guest this week on the Steel City Nation podcast is Mickey Morandini. Michael Robert "Mickey" Morandini is a former professional second baseman and coach, who played for the Philadelp[hia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and Toronto Blue Jays. His career highlights include selection as a 1995 National League All-Star, playing for the Phillies in the 1993 National League Championship Series and World Series, and for the Cubs in the ‘98 NLDivision Series. Morandini attended Indiana University, where he started his college career as a centerfielder then moved to the infield.
Morandini played for the United States National Team in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea then returned to Indiana for his senior season and was named a second-team All-American.
After graduating from IU with many records he was chosen by the The Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth round of the 1988 Amateur Baseball Draft.
Moving through Philadelphia’s minor leagues rather quickly Morandini returned to the major leagues in 1991 for good. One of the most memorable moments of Morandini's career. was in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992,when he turned an unassisted triple play .
After the 1997 season, Morandini was traded to the Chicago Cubs. Morandini made his only appearance in the MVP balloting in 1998. He retired from baseball in 2000 after two months in the American League playing for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Morandini coached high school for a short stint then went on to coach in the minors for 5 years and in the majors for two years. He current;y is a baseball ambassador for the Philadelphia Phillies.
We talk with Mickey about his career in the MLB. What it was like playing in the Olympics. Some of his favorite moments playing college baseball. What the process was like moving through the minors and getting that first call to the show and finally the excitement of playing in the World Series. For our Decade Definers Mickey will share with us the five toughest pitchers he faced in his career at any level.
You can find Mickey on Instagram @mickeymorandini12, Facebook
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