Phillies manager Pete Mackanin: “I still don’t know if I’ll be here next year”

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CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 4: Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin looks on during the opening day game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 4, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds defeated the Phillies 6-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 4: Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin looks on during the opening day game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 4, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds defeated the Phillies 6-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Phillies manager Pete Mackanin stated that his future with the team in 2018 is unknown. Team executives are expected to meet on Saturday.

Prior to Monday night’s game against the Nationals, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin made some interesting pregame comments to the press.

“I still don’t know if I’ll be here next year,” Mackanin said. “I don’t know.”

Earlier this season, the team announced they extended Pete Mackanin’s contract. However, that doesn’t mean a guarantee employment with the club.

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In fact, general manager Matt Klentak “When we signed him to the extension, the intention was to take the drama out of both this year and next year,” he said.

On Saturday, Mackanin and Klentak, along with other executives, are expected to meet regarding the team’s 40-man roster and a conversation regarding Mackanin’s future with the struggling club is certain to come up. A decision regarding his future is expected to be made this weekend.

Fans have been questioning Mackanin’s ability to manage the club, more specifically Mackanin’s troubling lineups.

If the team does choose to part ways with their manager of three seasons, there are plenty of better, more experienced, managers out on the market. So far, Mackanin is 170-237 with the Phillies over his three seasons with the club. Mackanin was hired following Ryne Sandberg’s resignation mid-season.

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In addition, Mackanin isn’t the only one whose job security is uncertain. Pitching coach Bob McClure will probably not return for the 2018 season.

McClure has drawn heavy criticism from fans as pitching has been a major factor in the team’s failures this season. While at times good, it’s very inconsistent and causes the team to blow games.

It’s going to be certainly interesting to see what this team do this off-season regarding coaching staff. One thing for certain – Mackanin’s future with the club is very cloudy.

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Anything can happen, but it could go either way. Maybe he’ll be given another chance and start the 2018 season as a manager, but be relieved sometime during the season. Who knows.

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