CLEARWATER, FLORIDA – Pete Mackanin quickly impressed his new boss.
The Philadelphia Phillies signed Mackanin to a two-year contract through 2017. The new deal includes a club option for 2018. The 64-year-old Mackanin had signed a one-year contract last September after replacing Ryne Sandberg in June.
General manager Matt Klentak arrived in late October and it didn’t take long for him to decide he wanted to keep Mackanin around.
“I’m absolutely confident that he’s the right person to lead this organization as we grow forward,” Klentak said Friday. “Pete couldn’t have shown me anything more. He and I are very much aligned on the culture and the environment that we’re trying to build.”
Mackanin led the Phillies to a 37-51 record after Sandberg abruptly resigned. The rebuilding Phillies were 14-7-2 in Mackanin’s first spring training, entering Friday night’s game against Toronto.