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Reaction: Phillies let Mackanin go as manager, but hire him in front office

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Pete Mackanin may have been stunned to hear this news, but he may just prosper more in his new role with the Phillies

This was a pivotal day for the future of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. Some managers would have been fired a long time ago for ‘steering’ a team into the basement of the MLB like what happened to the Phillies this season.

What happened to Pete Mackanin with the announcement from the Phillies that he wouldn’t be the manager in 2018 actually helps Mackanin as he has resigned as a member of the front office in a role that will offer him a better opportunity to advise the younger GM, Matt Klentak, and assume a role that had been previously had been filled by Pat Gillick though he was not named as a Vice-President as Gillick had been.

This isn’t a bad move by the Phillies and it’s not a bad move for Mackanin, it’s actually a good opportunity for the Phillies as a team to take the next step in their now long-term rebuild which has spanned several years now. Who will the Phillies select though? The best thing for the Phils to do is probably see who will be available after the season rather that rushing into a decision.

It may have come as a surprise to some, a lot of fans and players support Pete Mackanin with the great job he did with this ball club. Mackanin did a great job, stepping up from the void left from the departure of Ryne Sandberg (who ended his playing career in 1997) after he abruptly left and quit the manager’s job for the Phils after the team went 26-48 in 2015.

It was a very good move by GM Matt Klentak to retain Mackanin, who was disappointed by not being the Phillies manager as he has been accustomed to doing, but a great opportunity for him to see the game from a different perspective and a ‘new light’ so to speak than at the field level. He may actually like it better being a part of the decision making process in advising Klentak with what he thinks about certain players and how they may fit into the organization.

Time will tell after we know who the new Phillies manager will be, this group of players seems like they are ripe to mature in 2018. The Phillies have been rumored to be in the market for a couple bigger free agents in ’18 and this seems like it may be a time where the Phillies actually improve, that’s not too hard to accomplish when you are on paper, one of the worst teams in baseball for 2017.

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