The Phillies extend Pete Mackanin through 2017, with an option for 2018


When Pete Mackanin replaced Ryne Sandberg last June he was originally given an “interim” title. Then, in September, he was named the team’s permanent manager, with a deal that took him through 2016. Despite a 37-51 record under him, the Phillies must like what they’ve seen from Mackanin, because today they announced that he’s been given a contract extension: he’s now signed through 2017 with a club option for 2018. Previously 2017 was covered by a team option.

A good move for Philly, as Mackanin has been a stabilizing force at a time of much organizational upheaval. Sandberg left under a cloud and then the entire front office was revamped and a tear-down rebuild embarked upon. There’s still a long way to go before that rebuild bears fruit in the form of a winning big league ballclub, but there has been little if any strife from the Phillies’ dugout and Mackanin, an old hand who has served the Phillies a long time, coaching from 2009 through 2012 and again in 2014 through last year and up to the present, can take responsibility for that.