Category Archives: Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Minor League manager’s offices all filled

The Phillies rounded out the main pieces in their player development system with the announcement of minor league managers. Last week, Ryne Sandberg joined the fold to take over for Dave Huppert at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Another former Phillie, Mickey Morandini – can’t type that name without hearing Harry The K say it – will take over at Williamsport in the short-season New York-Penn League this season.
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Minor League free agent update

The Phillies haven’t made a big free agent move – yet – but they have been busy getting minor league free agents signed and in some cases, re-signed to deals for 2011. They’ve also kept themselves pretty busy filling out the coaching staffs for their minor league clubs, but there is still a lot to decide.
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Sandberg takes the helm at Lehigh Valley

In a move that had been rumored for some time, the Phillies have hired Ryne Sandberg to replace Dave Huppert as manager at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Sandberg managed at Triple-A Iowa in the Cubs organization last season, leading them to an 82-62 record and picking up the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year honor. After being passed over for the Cubs managerial job, Sandberg decided to leave the organization and look elsewhere for new opportunities. His search led him to the Phillies, the organization that he initially reached the majors with before being added as a throw-in to acquire Ivan DeJesus from the Cubs.

The Phillies will name the rest of Sandberg’s staff and a new manager and staff for Double-A Reading in the near future.

Veteran catcher Erik Kratz joins Phillies organization

Erik Kratz was one of the great stories to come out of the 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game at Coca-Cola Park. The veteran minor league catcher left the game earlier than expected, but for a good reason; the Pirates decided to purchase his contract and they wanted to make sure he stayed healthy. After nine minor league seasons and over 600 minor league games, Kratz would finally be a major leaguer.
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Pitcher Eddie Bonine chooses Phils over Tigers

The Phillies have signed former Tigers reliever Eddie Bonine to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Bonine, who was 4-1 with a 4.63 ERA in Detroit last season, was outrighted to Toledo by the Tigers and elected to take free agency rather than head back to the minors.
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Sandberg could return to the organization

Ryne Sandberg, who at one point looked like a shoe-in to get the Cubs managerial job, could find his way back to the Phillies organization. Long-time fans will remember that Sandberg was a throw-in when the Phillies traded Larry Bowa to the Chicago Cubs to get Ivan DeJesus in return. That deal has long haunted Phillies fans, but they could get their chance to welcome Sandberg back to the organization in one of a couple scenarios.
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‘Pigs GM Gets High Honors – Again

Calling it a “community award that recognizes our entire staff and our entire fan base,” Lehigh Valley IronPigs’ GM Kurt Landes spoke of the honor of being named the International League’s top executive for the second straight season. Continue reading