The Phillies announced that Pete Mackninin, who was named to replace Ryne Sandberg on Friday, will be the Phillies interim manager for the remainder of the season.
Which, at the risk of being reductive, duh. Mackinin has been around the team a long time and has been an interim manager on two occasions, once for the Pirates, once for the Reds. He’s managed in the minors and has been the bench coach for the Phillies in the past. He’s likewise been a managerial candidate for other clubs.
This doesn’t necessarily make Macknin a candidate to manage the Phillies long term, of course. He’s been there a while and you have to figure new team president Andy MacPhail and whoever he inevitably hires to replace Ruben Amaro when he’s inevitably fired will want their own man and some fresh blood. But Mackinin is a solid guy to manage this club for the remainder of the year.
Besides: who in their right mind from outside this organization comes in now, only to be an interim manager?