Chatting With Mickey
Caught up with former Phillies second baseman and current Manager of the Williamsport Crosscutters, a Phillies affiliate. Mickey is currently a participant as a “Legend” at Phillies Phantasy Camp in Clearwater, Florida.
Mickey, can you tell us about your new role with the Phillies?
“Well, it’s great to be back in the organization on a full-time basis. The opportunity came up to be the Manager for the Williamsport Crosscutters this past off-season and I jumped on it. I’ve been running a youth baseball organization for the past six years and coaching a high school baseball team for the past four years so looking forward to make the leap to professional baseball”.
Does it help that you’ve been in our Spring Training camp for the last several years?
“Being familiar with the system really helps. I spent a week in the minor league camp last year so know a bunch of the players. I’ve been communicating with Mike Compton (Minor League Field Coordinator) who has been helping me with the players, the signs and the overall philosophy of the Phillies organization.”
What’s your favorite Phillies memory?
“I would have to say either the unassisted triple play against the Pirates or the triple off Maddux in Game 6 of the 1993 NLCS”.
What’s your role at Phantasy Camp?
“I manage a team with Dickie Noles and serve as the Public Defender at the daily Kangaroo Court. LA, Kruk and Mitch serve as the prosecutors and judges for any Phantasy Camper that violates the written or unwritten baseball codes and I help defend them…it’s a tough job but someone has to do it”.
What style of a Manager will you be?
“I had three managers as a player…Jim Fregosi, Terry Francona and Jim Riggleman. I’m going to take a little bit from each guy but will definitely have my own style. I’ll demand 100% from our guys”. (On a side note, Morandini almost got tossed from a Phantasy Camp game yesterday after a long tirade directed towards the home plate umpire).
What’s the coolest thing you did last year?
“I took my family to Hawaii on a week-long vacation…had a great time in Kauai”.
(John Brazer, Director of Publicity, is in Clearwater at the Phantasy Camp. He’s a guest writer for Phillies Insider through Sunday, providing interviews with Phillies legends).