Pete Mackanin was named the interim manager for the Phillies for the rest of the 2015 season. (Credit: (Yong Kim)
The Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced that Pete Mackanin will stay at the helm of the Phillies for the rest of the season.
“He has the experience,” Amaro said. “We just felt that Pete has the right demeanor and is the right person to do it.”
Mackanin took over as the interim manager on Friday after Ryne Sandberg resigned. At the time, both Amaro and team president Pat Gillick said that Mackanin would stay at the helm of the Phillies at least through the homestand before a decision was made about the rest of the season.
With 83 games remaining this season, Mackanin said he will be able to do what he and Amaro feel what is best for the team.
Said Mackanin, “Because I have priority players that are young players that we want to try to develop, I’m just going to continue to try to develop them as much as possible and try to get them to where we think they can be and move on to the future.”
Although Mackanin has future moves on his mind, Amaro said there is no job guarantee for Mackanin any later than October.
“I think it’s pretty clear, this does not necessarily mean that he’s a candidate to take the job beyond the year by any stretch of the imagination,” Amaro said. “I think we’re going to have basically a clean slate to make that decision. Pete may or may not be part of that decision-making process, and Pete understands that.”
Amaro said there were some other internal candidates, but there was no time for interviews from outside candidates for the jobs.
Amaro also said that what differentiated Mackanin from the other coaches on the squad with managerial experience, Larry Bowa and Juan Samuel specifically, was Mackanin’s history as an interim manager and his overall demeanor. This is the third time that Mackanin is holding the position of interim manager.
“That must be some kind of record,” Mackanin joked. “But it’s a good feeling. I’m glad I know my fate until the end of the season.”
To help offset the gap on the coaching staff, special assistant director of player personnel Jorge Velandia will be brought on as a coach. Mackanin would not give a specific position but said he will use Velandia’s rapport with the players to aid the rest of the staff.