Baseball Coach Mickey Morandini Praises Bryce Harper

The Rich Zeoli Show
March 12, 2019 - 1:21 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (1210 WPHT)- Former All-Star second baseman and coach Mickey Morandini said the Phillies have seen a surge in attendance, thanks to Bryce Harper.

In an interview with The Rich Zeoli Show, Morandini said he’s seen some “pretty good crowds.”

“Once we signed Bryce and we knew he was going to play...I think we’ve been sold out the last couple of home games,” said Morandini from the Phillies’ Spring Training in Clear Water, FL. “It makes a difference.”

“When you have a superstar like that on your team, I know opening day in Philly is going to be crazy,” said Morandini.

Despite the positive reception among fans, Morandini expressed doubts about future long-term contracts comparable to Harper’s.  

“I don’t know how many 13 year contracts are going to be out there, but...a lot of people don’t want to go to those long contracts anymore,” Morandini explained. “They’d rather do the ‘pay-more-money-but-they’re-shorter’ contracts.”

Morandini suggested Harper is the exception to the rule. “Bryce wanted to stay in one place, and we wanted him here.”

Morandini elaborated on the requirements for a long-term deal in Harper’s ballpark.

“He’s still young enough. He’s only 26.”

“You’ve got to be young. You’ve got to be in your mid-twenties or something like that to get a 10-plus year contract,” said Morandini. “Not too many players out there that are in that situation Bryce was in.”

Listen to the full interview below.