Where are they now? Mickey Morandini

Where are they now? Mickey Morandini

PHILADELPHIA -- From December through late July of every year, Mickey Morandini's calendar is pretty much devoted to baseball.

Though he's no longer sporting a red and white Phillies jersey, the former Phils second baseman still wouldn't have it any other way. For Morandini, baseball these days means coaching his sons' travel teams and coaching the baseball team at Valparaiso High School in Valparaiso, Ind.

"I'm having fun with it," Morandini said.

The now-42-year-old, who resides in Chesterton, Ind., with his wife and three sons, produced many memories for Phillies fans during his days in Philadelphia.

On September 20, 1992, Morandini became the first second baseman in baseball history to turn an unassisted triple play during a regular season game. Pittsburgh's Andy Van Slyke took off from second and Barry Bonds took off from first on a 3-2 pitch to Jeff King. King lined the ball up the middle, and Morandini dived to grab it. He then stepped on second base to double up Van Slyke and tagged Bonds, recording three outs in a span of mere seconds.

The next year, Morandini started 101 games at second base for the Phillies' 1993 National League championship team. In 1995, Morandini represented the Phillies in the All-Star Game, alongside teammates Lenny Dykstra, Darren Daulton, Tyler Green and Heathcliff Slocumb.

As a coach, Morandini has tried to stress the principles of hard work to his players. He was never a prolific home-run hitter, instead preferring to refer to himself as "a fundamental guy."

"I wasn't the strongest or the fastest," Morandini said. "I kind of had to work harder than everybody else. That's what I'm trying to instill in these kids -- repetition and hard work."

Playing for a former Major Leaguer has its perks. Morandini's players get to benefit from his experiences in the pros, and those of any other big leaguer who happens to stop by. Morandini recalled that Kevin Stocker, his teammate on the Phils' 1993 World Series team, stopped by Valparaiso recently to see a game and meet the players.

ARI: Travis Lee | ATL: Mark Lemke
BAL: Chris Hoiles | BOS: Bill Lee
CHC: Randy Hundley | CIN: Eric Davis
CWS: Dan Pasqua | CLE: Dave Burba
COL: Curtis Leskanic | DET: Steve Sparks
FLA: Charlie Hough | HOU: Doug Drabek
KC: Mike Macfarlane | LAA: Rick Reichardt
LAD: Jim Gott | MIL: Don Sutton
MIN: Kevin Tapani | NYM: Ed Kranepool
NYY: Jim Abbott | OAK: Ben Grieve
PHI: Tommy Greene | PIT: Barry Jones
STL: B. Tewksbury | SD: C. Hernandez
SF: Brian Johnson | SEA: Henry Cotto
TB: Doug Creek | TEX: Dave Hostetler
TOR: Alex Gonzalez | WAS: W. Fryman

When he's not on a baseball field, Morandini also helps his wife, Peg, run a stationery store that the couple owns, called RSVP. The store sells stationery for occasions such as parties, weddings and new babies, and Morandini admits his wife does most of the work.

"I kind of stay in the background," he said. "It keeps us busy, and she enjoys it."

Morandini said he would eventually like to coach professional baseball -- perhaps start as a Minor League manager with the hopes of someday managing a Major League club.

For now, however, his attention is devoted to his wife and his three sons.

And baseball.

"We've got a lot of work to do," Morandini said of Valparaiso's baseball team. "A lot of young talent [is] coming up."

Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.