Pete Provides Stability

In a season of change and with more changes coming, the Phillies have some stability in the dugout with Mackanin named manager. As the rebuilding continues, Mackanin is the perfect one to run the team.

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His 47th season in pro ball next spring will be different. Mackanin scheduled the daily spring training workouts this year but will really be in charge come February. He’s managed before in the minors and three times as an interim in the major leagues.  His minor league managerial stints included rookie league, A, AA, AAA.  Plus, he managed in Latin America in the offseason.

The Phillies will hold an organizational meeting in Clearwater on October 26-29. Andy MacPhail is expected to be the president by then and run the meetings.  Whether a new GM will be hired by then is to be seen.  But at least they have a manager as they begin making plans for next season.

Reading manager Dusty Wathan has joined the Phillies for the rest of the season.  Dave Brundage, the Lehigh Valley manager, was added following the end of the IronPigs season.

Game Info
Asche delivered his first two-home run game of his career to back Harang’s first win since July 30 as the offense recovered from a weekend vacation in Atlanta, 6-2, in Miami last night.

Harang was also backed by four infield double plays.  In case you are wondering, the club record is six done three times, the last being against the Mets in 1962.

This Date In Phillies History
September 23, 1965, 1st game
RHP Jim Bunning’s fifth-inning strikeout is his 242nd of the season, breaking the club record held by RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander (241, 1915).  Bunning wins, 11-5, at Wrigley Field.

September 23, 1983
A 6-2, 12-strikeout victory at St. Louis gives LHP Steve Carlton his 300th career win, the 16th pitcher in baseball history to reach that milestone.

Around MLB
Chase Utley started at third base for the Dodgers on Monday.

Blue Jays are 12-5 vs. the Yankees this season, best in franchise history.

David Price is 8-1, 1.95 ERA since being traded to Toronto. A free agent this winter, Price has certainly driven up his price.

Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt hit his seventh homer against the Dodgers last night, the most by any player vs. LA since 2004.

St. Louis’ 3-1 win was their 31s when scoring three or fewer runs.  The Cardinals lead the majors with a 2.89 ERA.  Pittsburgh is second, 3.20.

Another Book
The Fightin’ Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits
is the title of my new book which will be available starting next May in book stores and on-line. Larry Andersen penned the foreword. Publisher again is Triumph Books (triumphbooks.com).

 

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