KENNETT SQUARE — Former Phillies All-Star second baseman Mickey Moradini told the Old Timers Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday that he’s in the running to become a TV announcer for the team, but doesn’t know what is going to happen.
“Ask me next week,” he said, adding that the meeting to decide who would be hired for the job is scheduled for sometime this coming week.
Morandini’s scheduled appearance at the dinner suddenly became a hot topic of conversation when his name came up to become the team’s television broadcaster.
The position in the broadcasting booth was opened when it was announced that veterans Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews have been removed their positions there by Comcast, with whom the team has signed a new television contract. Both men will remain with the Phillies organization, however.
Morandini is well known among Phillies fans as the player who executed an unassisted triple play in 1992. He was also an All Star team member and played on the 1993 World Series team with the Phillies. He is currently a dugout coach for the Triple A Iron Pigs.
Morandini told the 300 or so local baseball fans and players that he has loved playing and coaching for the Phillies, but that was not always the case.
“I was drafted in my junior year by the Pirates, my home town team, and growing up I hated the Phillies,” he said.
But during his years with the Phillies, he said he grew to have great respect for his teammates and said Darren Daulton was probably the best team captain and leader he ever knew.
He spoke about the Phillies’ chances for having a successful 2014 season, saying a lot depends on the return of first baseman Ryan Howard’s health, an improved performance by shortstop Jimmy Rollins, continued consistency by Chase Utley at second base and a stronger relief pitching squad.
The Old Timers Baseball Association was created in 1974 to honor former players in southern Chester County who excelled in the sport in high school, summer leagues, post high school and college.
The Phillies Vice President of Alumni Larry Shenk provides a speaker at the association’s annual banquet, and during that event a number of athletes are added to the wall of fame that is housed at Burton’s Barbershop in Kennett Square.
This year, at the 34th annual banquet in the Kennett Fire Company Red Clay Room, eight new players were inducted and given plaques. They are Scott Fowler, who played baseball at Oxford High School; Dave Hons, who also played at Oxford High School; John Peet of Chadds Ford played in the Kennett Square Men’s League and Media Delco League.
Dave Ferrell was offered tryouts by the Phillies and played at the University of Delaware and the Kennett Men’s Senior League; Monk Entrekin of Downingtown played for West Chester University and Kennett Men’s Baseball; Glenn Davis played at Garnet Valley High School and managed in the Concord League.
Edwin Colon of Kennett Square played youth baseball in the Kennett and Men’s Senior League; Tim T-Bone Barnes of Elverson grew up in Coatesville and played Kennett Men’s Senior ball.
The players all spoke their appreciation at the dais, received plaques and had their photos taken with Morandini.
Also present and honored were the members of Kennett Square’s KAU National Champions Senior Little League Team, which just missed being world champions in a loss to Panama in the title game this past summer.
Their manager, Todd Duerr, praised their work and loyalty to their home town. “I told them you’re not playing for yourselves now. You’re playing for Kennett Square,” he told the audience.
The Kennett Square Old Timers Association is overseen by Bob Burton, who owns and operates the barbershop in Kennett Square.
Burton maintains what amounts to an extensive museum of pictures and paraphernalia from baseball in general and the Phillies in particular.
Those who participated in the program were freelance writer and author Keith Craig and plaque presenter Joseph Scalise. Community volunteer and Hall of Fame Banquet organizer Prissy Roberts oversees the annual honoring event.