Tuesday, April 23, 2013

BASEBALL: Pettibone does his job as Phillies top Pirates

PHILADELPHIA – In 1984, just three years after finishing a distinguished career as a slugger in Japan and in his second year back with the franchise that originally signed him to a pro contract – the Minnesota Twins – Charlie Manuel was named manager of the organization's Double-A affiliate, Orlando.

On his pitching staff he had a tall right-hander named Jay Pettibone. Pettibone went 3-6 with a 4.28 ERA for Manuel before he was called up to Triple-A.

In the 29 years since then, Manuel has gone on to win 956 games and a World Series title as a big-league manager. The guy who helped him get win No. 956 was a 22-year-old rookie right-hander, Jonathan Pettibone – Jay Pettibone's son.

The younger Pettibone made his big-league debut for the Phillies Monday night and did what they hoped he could do. The right-hander worked into the sixth inning, left with it tied and saw the Phils use his solid start to take a 3-2 win over the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park.

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