New team president Andy McPhail hasn’t decided on Ruben Amaro Jr.’s replacement as Phillies general manager yet, but he has decided that Pete Mackanin will stick around as manager.
Mackanin, who replaced Ryne Sandberg as manager in late June on an interim basis, has signed a contract extension for the 2016 season that also includes a team option for 2017.
Mackanin took over a team that was 26-48 under Sandberg and has managed them to a similar 30-46 record. Beginning in mid-July there was a month-long stretch in which the Phillies were playing really good baseball, but they’ve now lost 20 of their last 26 games to limp to the finish line.
As a 64-year-old baseball lifer Mackanin has played, coached, and managed for a bunch of different organizations, including three stints as an interim manager in the big leagues, but this is his first opportunity as a full-time MLB manager. MacPhail signing Mackanin to an extension before picking a new GM makes it pretty clear he’ll be truly calling the shots in the Phillies’ front office regardless of who’s chosen as Amaro’s replacement.