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(Not) For Pete’s sake!

Posted by Eric Fisher On September 29

Pete Mackanin said earlier this week that he was unsure of his job status for next season.

Mackanin, and every else, found out the answer on Friday.

The Phillies announced Friday afternoon that Mackanin would not be returning as manager next season. Instead, he will be a special assistant to general manager Matt Klentak, the man who said he made the final decision to remove Mackanin from the manager position.

Mackanin, who took over as manager from Ryne Sandberg during the 2015 season, signed a contract extension in May. The extension lasted through next season, with an option for 2019.

The Phillies endured a difficult first half of the season, including a horrendous May, but, with young players being added to the lineup, the Phillies are 35-35 in the 70 games before what, in reality, is the firing of Mackanin. Another curious aspect of the decision is that Mackanin has been praised for his work with young players. He is being removed as manager just as many of the Phillies’ young prospects are ready to take regular starting roles with the big-league club.

Mackanin’s record as manager of the Phillies is 172-237. He will manage the Phillies thizs weekend against the Mets during the final series of the regular season.

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