Phillies keep Pete Mackanin as manager for 2016

Baseball The Phillies have extended the contract of manager Pete Mackanin through the 2016 season with a club option for 2017, the team announced Tuesday.Philadelphia promoted Mackanin to interim manager in late June when Ryne Sandberg resigned just as Andy MacPhail came aboard as team president. MORE: These free agents have a lot to gain in October”The Phillies are pleased that Pete has accepted the position of manager for the 2016 season,” MacPhail said in a statement.  “We believe that Pete is the best fit for the role. Since assuming the interim manager position in June, Pete has developed an excellent rapport with our players and has also connected well with the media and our fans. Equally as important is his eagerness to take on the challenge of rebuilding the team and further developing our players. We look fo

rward to his contributions.”Mackanin, 64, will become the 53rd manager in Phillies history. He has worked for Philadelphia for six of the last seven seasons, serving as bench coach for four seasons from 2009-12 before returning as third base coach the last two seasons. He previously served as interim manager for the Pirates in 2005 and the Reds in 2007.The Phillies are 30-46 under Mackanin entering Tuesday’s series opener against the Marlins. The team boasted a 21-12 stretch from July 17 through Aug. 23 and the fourth-best record in the league during that span.


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