Mackanin Won’t Return in 2018

The Phillies announced Friday afternoon that manager Pete Mackanin, who was signed to a contract extension this past May, won’t return as the team’s manager next season. Mackanin will manage the final three games of the season against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park, and he will also stay with the organization as a special adviser to GM Matt Klentak.

Since taking over the team during the 2015 season when Ryne Sandberg stepped down, Mackanin has a 172-237 record as Phillies manager. He has a combined mark of 53-53 as an interim manager with the Pirates and Reds in 2005 (Pittsburgh) and 2007 (Cincinnati).

Earlier this week, Mackanin said that he wasn’t sure of his status as the team’s manager for next season, but that he and Klentak were supposed to talk this weekend about both Mackanin’s future with the team and the roster makeup for 2018.

There wasn’t any announcement made regarding the status of the Phillies coaching staff beyond this season.

The early favorite to replace Mackanin could be Triple-A manager Dusty Wathan, who has long been thought of highly by the organization. Mackanin moved from managing at Double-A Reading last season to taking over at Lehigh Valley in 2017. Between his time at Reading and Lehigh Valley, Wathan has managed many of the players currently on the Phillies 40-man roster.

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