Mackanin wants his players to play the right way on the field and keep their heads up
Pete Mackanin is having a great time being manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. He was elevated after Ryne Sandberg decided to leave the team in mid-season last year, Pete stepped in first as the interim manager, then as manager for the rest of the season last year.
The Phillies changed the team president to Andy MacPhail before the end of the season last year, then new GM Matt Klentak was announced in the off-season. In late September last year, Pete Mackanin was given a 1-year contract extension by Andy MacPhail, that was a good signal that meant that Pete did some good things, and the top brass wanted to see what he could do with a full season under his belt as manager.
A few days ago, it was announced that Mackanin was given a contract extension. The ink was still wet on the other contract that he had just signed a few months prior. Matt Klentak probably thought that it was the right thing to do. But was it the right direction for the Phillies?
Mackanin never managed a full season prior to this year. He has stepped in for a manager a few other times in his career. Once last year of course and then in 2007 with the Reds and earlier in 2005 with the Pirates.
Pete Mackanin is a seasoned baseball guy, he's been around the game a long time. This in fact is his second stint with the Phillies (as a manager or coach) before he was named acting manager last season after Sandberg's departure. Matt Klentak was impressed by Mackanin during the Spring Training season. He wanted to give Pete a little bit more with a contract for 2016-17 now with a club option for 1 more season in 2018 should the Phils and management feel that Mackanin should get an extension.
One thing that Mackanin is about the Phillies going forward this year is that he is bullish in the direction that the Phillies are going. Maybe it's the Spring Training wins that has him so upbeat, he stated that a lot of people will be surprised, that the Phils are going to be better than anyone realizes.