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Manager Dave Brundage won't return to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs for the 2017 season

According to a published report in the Allentown Morning Call, the Phillies have informed Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Dave Brundage that he won't be returning to the team for the 2017 season.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs beat reporter Tom Housenick of the Allentown Morning Call, is reporting that IronPigs manager Dave Brundage has been told by the Phillies that he won't be returning to manage the team next season. Housenick sites a source that says Brundage was told of the change last week. Lehigh Valley had their best season record-wise, in franchise history, going 85-58 this season and finishing as the wild card team in the International League. The 'Pigs were swept in the ILDS by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in three games last week.

Brundage managed at Lehigh Valley for four seasons and compiled a 286-286 record with the IronPigs in his 19th season as a minor league manager. Lehigh Valley's appearance in the postseason, was just the second in franchise history, with the last coming in 2011 under manager Ryne Sandberg. Brundage has 1,371 wins as a minor league manager, compared to 1,315 losses and has managed in the Seattle and Atlanta organizations in addition to his time with the Phillies.

As a player, Brundage never reached the majors, but spent 10 seasons in the minors in the Phillies and Mariners organizations. The Phillies drafted Brundage in the fourth round of the 1986 Draft out of Oregon State University and he spent two seasons in their organization prior to being dealt to Seattle with pitcher Mike Jackson and outfielder Glenn Wilson for outfielder Phil Bradley and pitcher Tim Fortugno in December, 1987. Brundage was a career .275 hitter in 784 minor league games and was converted to a pitcher, pitching in 41 games with a 3.83 ERA.

Brundage took over for Ryne Sandberg following the 2012 season and was the longest tenured manager in IronPigs history. Sandberg managed two seasons with Lehigh Valley after the IronPigs first manager, Dave Huppert was fired following the 2010 season. Huppert had managed three seasons with the IronPigs.

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