Many Phillies fans believe Pete Mackanin shouldn’t have gotten a contract extension and instead should’ve been ousted as the Phillies manager.
All managers in Major League Baseball have their ups and downs. All managers get frustrated with their teams at times. Managers hold the authority for the guys in the clubhouse, and some managers can’t just do it.
They often lack authority, meaning players don’t look up to him as a manager, like Former Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg.
Most managers can get back up from losing the majority of the season, however, current manager Pete Mackanin can’t seem to be able to manage such a under-performing team. Therefore, I believe Pete should be fired and let go.
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Mackanin managed, on an interim basis, for rwo different teams — the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds. Before being hired by Philadelphia, Pete never lasted more than a year with the other two teams. He only managed 26 games total for the Pirates, which over that time had a record of 12-14. With the Reds, he managed 80 games, with a record of 41-39 in 2007.
That will be the only time Pete has had a winning record as a manager.
During game-time, on numerous occasions, Pete, in my opinion, failed to make a proper decision on what to do, therefore usually resulting in a loss. For example, Mackanin doesn’t know when the right time is to replace pitchers – instead he lets most pitchers go about one inning then they usually do. The majority of the time when that happens, Philadelphia loses, when they once had the lead. Not only inconsistently decision-making, but his lineups are at times horrendous. A few days ago, he let Catcher Cameron Rupp bat sixth!
There are many other managers out on the market searching for a job, and some have better records than Pete. However, the Phillies decided to extend Pete’s contract!