Aug 12, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Phillies president Andy MacPhail officially agreed on Tuesday with what many around baseball already have been saying: Pete Mackanin has done enough for the Phillies to earn an extension through at least 2016.
Pat Gallen of CBS3 among many others tweeted out this afternoon:
Andy MacPhail later announced in a press release:
“The Phillies are pleased that Pete has accepted the position of manager for the 2016 season. 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 forward to his contributions.”
Mackanin has been no stranger to the “interim” tag. Before being tagged as interim manager with the Phillies, Mackanin has also been interim manager of the Pirates and Reds.
Since taking over the 26-48 Phillies from Ryne Sandberg, Mackanin has carried the team to a 30-46 record.
Next up for Andy MacPhail: hiring a General Manager.