Philadelphia Phillies extend manager Pete Mackanin’s contract two years
The Philadelphia Phillies showed faith in their manager during an arduous rebuild by extending manager Pete Mackanin’s contract, the club announced Thursday morning.
#Phillies have signed Pete Mackanin to a new two-year contract through 2018 with a club option for 2019. pic.twitter.com/GOkATCTnXA
— Phillies (@Phillies) May 11, 2017
Mackanin entered the season in the final year of a two-year deal he signed in March 2016. The new contract guarantees him the 2018 season, and the Phillies will have an option for the 2019 season.
With a number of young pieces in their lineup and on their pitching staff, the Phillies could be in the mix for the playoffs in 2019.
In his second full season managing the Phillies, Mackanin is 121-161 since taking over for Ryne Sandberg in June 2015.
The 65-year-old Mackanin is 174-214 in his managerial career, which also includes interim stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds.
The Phillies are 13-19 this season and have lost 10 of their past 12 after Wednesday afternoon’s 11-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners.