Pete, Now and Then

Spring Training 2016

Spring Training 2016

Today 64-year-old Pete Mackanin is in his first full year as the Phillies manager.  Three times, he’s been an interim manager in the majors, including last season with the Phils. He spent 13 seasons managing in the minors and six in winter ball.

Peter Mackanin, Jr. (pronounced "ma KAN in") (born August 1, 1951) is an American professional baseball scout, and a former Major League player, coach and manager. He played in Major League Baseball as a second baseman and served as the acting manager of the Cincinnati Reds, having replaced Jerry Narron in 2007 before being replaced at season's end by Dusty Baker. He was previously a scout for the New York Yankees, the bench coach for the Philadelphia Phillies and now a the third base coach for the Phillies in 2014. Contents     1 Major league career     2 Career statistics     3 Managerial career     4 Personal life     5 References     6 External links Major league career Mackanin was drafted by the Washington Senators in the 1969 Major League Baseball Draft and made his debut with them in 1973, after they moved and became the Texas Rangers. In a nine-year major league career, he also played for the Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies, and Minnesota Twins. Mackanin's best season offensively was in 1975 when he posted a .225 batting average along with 12 home runs and 44 runs batted in. Career statistics In a nine-year major league career, Mackanin played in 548 games, accumulating 355 hits in 1,570 at bats for a .226 career batting average along with 30 home runs, 141 runs batted in and an on base percentage of .263. He ended his career with a .968 fielding percentage. Managerial career After retiring as a player, Mackanin spent many years managing and coaching in the minor leagues. He became the Expos' third base coach in 1997 and spent four years in that position. After managing the minor league Hickory Crawdads and Lynchburg Hillcats in 2001 and 2002, he became the bench coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 2003 season. After Lloyd McClendon was fired, Mackanin served as the Pirates' interim manager for the last month of 2005, leading the team to a 12Ð14 record. He spent the next season managing in the Pirates' minor league system at Bradenton. Mackanin was hired by the Cincinnati Reds as a scout for the 2007 season, but when the team fired manager Jerry Narron on July 1 of that year, he was named the club's interim manager. Narron had led the Reds in the first half of the 2007 season to a league-worst 51 losses, but during Mackanin's tenure, the team had a winning percentage above .500. The Reds decided not to hire Mackanin on permanently for the 2008 campaign, instead deciding on veteran experience with Dusty Baker.[1] Mackanin was hired by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009 as the bench coach. On October 3, 2012, the Phillies fired him by deciding not to renew his contract for the 2013 season. He was rehired by the Phillies for the 2014 to be the 3rd base coach for Ryne Sandberg Personal life He was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is a graduate of Brother Rice High School in Chicago. Mackanin is married to Nancy and they have one son, Shane.

Yesteryear, Pete played in two seasons with the Phillies during his nine-year major league career as an infielder. He was claimed off waivers from Montreal in September of 1978.  He also was on the 1979 club and traded to Minnesota after that season. His Phillies career amounted to 18 games, 17 at-bats, a .176 average and one home run, 9/26/79, off St. Louis LHP Bob Skyes at Veterans Stadium. As an enemy player, he took Tommy Underwood and Larry Christenson deep at the Vet.

He’s one eight to manage, play and coach for the Phillies.

Pete’s Spring Training Memories
“First spring training was with the Washington Senators minor league teams in 1970. Stayed at the Holiday Inn in Plant City, which is across the state from Pompano Beach where the big league team trained.

“I signed out of high school in 1969, so it’s all new on my first day. I had played the year before at (Rookie League) Wytheville, Virginia. But, spring training is a whole different entity in itself. So I was just doing what they told me, trying to see how everything worked.

“My first Phillies spring training as a player was 1979. Jim Wright broke his arm that spring. He threw a pitch and his arm just snapped and dangled. He was a top prospect but he was never the same.

“Being around guys like Schmidt and Luzinski and Bowa. Lonborg and Carlton and all these real good players. I was trying to make the team as a utility infielder. I just kept my mouth shut. You go about your business differently when you’re in that situation. You just try to blend in.”

“My least favorite part is watching pitchers throw on the side. Because you see what you think is really good stuff and you get excited. And then, not all of them, but some of them get in the game and get killed.

“My favorite part is the camaraderie in the clubhouse. It keeps me young. We have a lot of fun in the clubhouse, trading jokes and telling stories. If you kept a recording of the stories that pop up on a daily basis, even from back in the day, it would be a real money maker. We laugh. We hear the same stories 10 times and we still laugh.”

Extra Bodies
With the minor leaguers having started their camp at Carpenter Field, extra bodies are available for the major league club.  Every morning an e-mail is sent by Joe Cynar, Assistant Director, Minor League Operations/Florida, to Pete Mackanin and his staff listing the minor leaguers being assigned to the big club for that day’s game.

Tomorrow the Phillies have their second and last split squad, home with the Orioles and at the Twins.  Look for multiple extra bodies.  Bus for the Twins game in Ft. Myers leaves at 7:45 a.m.

Phillies minor league teams begin exhibition games a week from today (March 15).  Two games are at Carpenter Field every afternoon, either AAA and AA or two class A teams.  Those games provide an opportunity for players from the big league camp to get some at-bats or innings.

Photo day for all Phillies minor leaguers was held yesterday at 6:30 a.m. . . . Sports Illustrated is doing a cover story for its April issue featuring Maikel Franco and Aaron Nola.  Photo shoot is today . . . WIP’s Mike & Ike Show finished two straight days of live broadcasts from Bright House Field today  . . . Station’s morning show will be live Thursday and Friday . . . Happy 74th birthday today to Dick Allen . . . Greg Luzinski is in camp as a guest instructor.

Phun Fact
The Phillies lost the first game they ever played in Clearwater, 13-1, to the Detroit Tigers on March 11, 1947, at Athletic Field.  Their first win came 17 days later, 8-7, over St. Louis on an 11th-inning, walk-off home run by OF Johnny Wyrostek.

Who’s 1st at 2nd?
OK, who has played the most games at second base in Phillies history? Answer is easy.  Only one of the top five is relatively unknown.  Check out the story at

Lens Gem

Phillies photographer Miles Kennedy captures a dugout scene.

Book Signing
I’m scheduled to sign my new book, The Fightin’ Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 18, at Bright House Field.  First opportunity to buy the book

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