The Philadelphia Phillies have extended manager Pete Mackanin’s contract through next season, with a team option for 2017.
Mackanin replaced Ryne Sandberg after a 26–48 start to the season before resigning on June 26. Under Mackanin, the Phillies have posted a 30–46 record.
"We believe that Pete is the best fit for the role,” incoming Phillies president Andy MacPhail said in a statement. “Since assuming the interim manager position in June, Pete has developed an excellent rapport with our players and has also connected well with the media and our fans. Equally as important is his eagerness to take on the challenge of rebuilding the team and further developing our players. We look forward to his contributions."
Mackanin previously served as interim manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2005) and Cincinnati Reds (2007). Mackanin’s all-time managerial record is at 83–99 entering Thursday night.
The Phillies (56–94) currently have the worst record in the majors.
- Christopher Chavez