Jonathan Pettibone, who made his major league debut for the Phillies against Pittsburgh Monday night, isn’t the first person in his family to pitch for Charlie Manuel. Pettibone’s father, Jay, was a part of Manuel’s rotation at Double-A Orlando in 1984. “He pitched for me in the day when we carried eight or nine pitchers,” Manuel said, recalling the elder Pettibone’s strong sinker and slider. “I had a four-man rotation at one time in Double-A baseball and he was one of my starters. Later on, he pitched in Triple-A. He had a college education and everything and he was smart and if I’m not mistaken, he retired from the game and worked on getting a career.” Jay Pettibone started four games for the Minnesota Twins in 1983. Manuel has seen him a few times since those days in the minors, including when Jonathan Pettibone first signed with the Phillies in 2008. The 22-year-old righty struggled at Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, producing a 9.64 ERA in two starts. Pettibone drew the start for the big league club Monday in place of the injured John Lannan largely because it would have been his turn in the rotation for the IronPigs. Manuel is in his 51st season in professional baseball. Does managing the son of one of his former players make him feel old?
Charlie Manuel coached Pettibone's dad
Courier-Post | Apr 23