In addition, Ryan Sandberg, who had been a candidate for several Major League jobs, will return for his second season with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Here are some of the highlights from the Phillies' release:
Andy Tracy, who spent three seasons with the IronPigs and a couple of Septembers with the Phillies, and former bullpen lefty Aaron Fultz, who pitched to a combined 3.38 ERA in 2005 and 2006, have been named manager and pitching coach at Williamsport. At Triple-A, the entire staff of manager Ryne Sandberg, coach Sal Rende and pitching coach Rod Nichols has been retained. Former catcher Dusty Wathan, who seems like a rising star among minor league skippers, has been promoted to Double-A skipper. Coach Frank Cacciatore and pitching coach Bob Milacki return. Chris Truby moves from manager at Lakewood to manager at Clearwater. Mickey Morandini goes from Williamsport to Lakewood where he will be at the helm.
Beerleaguer: Story here is the upward progression of guys like Morandini and Wathan, so the Phils must be satisfied with their instructional configuration. And congratulations to Andy Tracy and Aaron Fultz, who was a decent second lefty for a couple of seasons and, according to some vague memory, is an avid reader of Tom Clancy-style military paperbacks. Forget where I saw that.