Phillies introduce Mickey Morandini, Dick Allen as club ambassadors

Jim Salisbury | NBC Sports Philadelphia
NBC Sports Philadelphia

Mickey Morandini is staying with the Phillies organization.

Morandini, who has served in a variety of on-field roles at the minor- and major-league level during 19 years with the organization, will move into an off-field role in 2018. He has been appointed to the position of club ambassador, the team announced on Thursday.

Phillies Wall of Famer Dick Allen was also appointed to a club ambassador's role. He has worked for the club since 1994 as a fan development and community representative. Allen was National League Rookie of the Year with the Phillies in 1964.

Morandini and Allen join Gary Matthews as club ambassadors. In the role, they appear at community functions and ballpark events and help the team connect with fans and the community.

Morandini, 51, played nine seasons with the Phillies and was the second baseman on the 1993 National League championship team. He managed and coached in the Phillies' minor-league system and served as first base coach at the big-league level the last two seasons.

The Phillies made extensive staff changes after manager Pete Mackanin was reassigned to a front office advisory position at the end of the 2017 season. New manager Gabe Kapler has made several hires to his coaching staff, but still has not named a bench coach or a first base coach. Rick Kranitz has been retained on the staff. He was assistant pitching coach last season and could move into the head role for 2018.

Morandini is the second member of last year's coaching staff to move into an off-field role with the club. Former bench coach Larry Bowa in October was named as a senior adviser to general manager Matt Klentak.

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