Is Charlie Morton key to Phillies turnaround?

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On the field, the righty wants to turn around what was the worst team in baseball last year, just like he did with the Pirates. (WPVI)

Phillies starter Charlie Morton didn't win the Powerball, but after eight seasons playing big league ball he feels fortunate to be here.

"To play baseball and make a really good living doing it, and there are a lot of people out there that are struggling," said Morton.

Morton has a good head on his shoulders. At 32 he's the oldest and most experienced pitcher on the staff, and perhaps that is why the Phillies signed him during the off-season so he could help mentor all their young pitchers like Aaron Nola.

"More so than mentoring young players, we try to acquire pitchers that we think can help us," said Pete Mackanin, Phillies manager.

"The most important thing is that you go out and do your job on the field because if you don't do that on the field, it doesn't matter what you do in the clubhouse," said Morton.

On the field, the righty wants to turn around what was the worst team in baseball last year, just like he did with the Pirates who made the playoffs three years in a row after losing 105 games in 2010.

"Things turnaround and there has to be a turnaround at some point," said Morton.
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