After electing not to renew his deal as the team’s bench coach prior to the 2013 season, Pete Mackanin was left to take a demotion, by returning to scouting with the New York Yankees. A year later, and Mackanin is back inthe mix, and couldn’t be happier.
Mackanin will not be returning to the Phillies as a bench coach, as the team hired former manager Larry Bowa to fill that void, but rather Mackanin will take over as the team’s third-base coach, a position held by now-manager Ryne Sandberg last season.
After getting a call from new Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg asking him to return to the team’s coaching staff for 2014, Mackanin’s happiness was met with skepticism.
“I asked Ryno, ‘Is this OK with Ruben and the organization?’ and he said they discussed it and there were no issues and we’d love to have you back,” Mackanin said. “I was really excited about it and here I am.”
Mackanin’s re-hiring has been met with a mixed response by the fans and media. His familiarity with the players could benefit the team with a new regime by bringing a sense of familiarity, but most would argue that this Phillies team needs a change of culture and being comfortable isn’t necessarily something that will benefit the team.