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12/28/10 – This Day in Legend History – Mickey Morandini

In the midst of all the holiday hullabaloo, I forgot to update the diary on December 23rd. On that day in 1997, Phillies second baseman Mickey Morandini was traded to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Doug Glanville. Another popular and important cog in the 1993 machine was shipped to Chicago’s North side. Luckily for Phillies fans, this resulted in the acquisition of another future favorite among the Phaithful.

Glanville was a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania. He was enamored with the city and it’s baseball team. As part of his thesis, Glanville wrote about the feasibility of new ballpark for the Phillies who still called Veterans Stadium home. While manning centerfield, his hard-work ethic, and clean and classy persona quickly drew comparisons to another famous Phillie centerfielder, Garry Maddox. In fact, Glanville won the first ever Garry Maddox Community Service Award for the Phillies in 2000. In that same year, both Morandini and Glanville’s paths passed as Mickey made a return to the Phillies for 91 games before being traded again to the Toronto Blue Jays. Glanville signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers in 2003 and made a brief return to the Chicago Cubs, the team that originally drafted him in 1991. And like Morandini, Glanville made a brief return to the club in 2004 before retiring the next year.

Glanville is now a successful writer, baseball analyst, businessman, etc etc. You can read all about his accomplishments on his website. When I started this diary, I immediately thought of Doug. His excellent writing and love of the sport of baseball are infectious and I couldn’t think of a better person to share my blog with. I wrote him an email in early October. A couple days later, during Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds in fact, I received an incredible response from him:

“Hey Bryan! Thanks for sending this along and of course it really resonates with me because I spend a lot of my time thinking of things my Dad told me, what he would say, what he would feel about being a grandfather if he had the chance. My kids are 2 and 1 years old and they are growing so quickly. Because I understand at such a visceral level, the connection and loss of a father, I try to think about what kind of relationship I want with my son and daugther. All I can say is keep searching and sharing because so many people really do understand what you are going through. That is why writing really was a gift to me. I found the one thing that made me feel like my father was sitting on the shoulder. Giving ideas, chiming in like he always used to do. I understand why he would just walk out of a room just to write a poem, why he needed to write something at a moment. It has been a bonus to see how many people have found that space in my writing. The compassion, the empathy, the humanity in the game.”

Pure class.

12/8/10 – This Day in Legend History… Keith Moreland and Dickie Noles

Not only were two Legends traded on this day in 1981, but they both were sent in the same package. Catcher Keith Moreland and pitcher Dickie Noles were sent to the Chicago Cubs, along with pitcher Dan Larson, for pitcher and current San Francisco Giants commentator, Mike Krukow (Krukow was turned around the next year for Al Holland and Joe Morgan, who were key pieces to the 1983 World Series team). Moreland thrived in his new full-time gig as the Cubs catcher, putting up decent power numbers for the Northsiders for six seasons. He made stops in San Diego, Detroit, and Baltimore before retiring in 1989. Even though he was the back-up for Bob Boone, what made Moreland a household name in Philly was his exemplary play in 1980, his first full season as a rookie. He batted .314 with only 159 AB’s. He also came through in the postseason. In his only at bat in the incredible NLCS with the Houston Astros, Moreland hit into a forceout, knocking in a bases-loaded run in the huge 8th inning of fifth and final game.

11/15/10 – Ryno

The Phillies have kept the retro train rolling this week. Today, another famed second baseman from the ’80’s has been hired to coach in the Phillies organization. Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg, the most famous second baseman to only play 13 games, has been tabbed to run the ship for the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Sandberg has proven himself to be a very successful coach at the minor league level for the Chicago Cubs, so this looks to be a wonderful addition… and reunion. As any fan of baseball is well aware of, Ryno was involved in one the most lopsided trades in history. The Phillies and Cubs swapped longtime shortstops in Larry Bowa and Ivan de Jesus. Because of the age disparity, the Cubs requested another player and the Phillies “threw in” Sandberg. De Jesus was a bust and Sandberg went on to become one of the greatest second basemen and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005. *sigh*

Better late than never, even if it’s been 30 years. Welcome back Ryno!


Tomorrow the National League Cy Young Award is being given out. 

Tomorrow night is also my Orientation for Phantasy Camp.

Tomorrow is shaping up to be a really good day.