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?
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.
The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.
The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.
Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.
Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.
In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.