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Phillies Coaching Shuffle: Ryne Sandberg to Coach Third Base

Former IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg (Yong Kim/Inquirer Staff)

PHILADELPHIA — Yesterday, the Phillies fired first base coach Sam Perlozzo as well as cut ties with hitting coach Greg Gross and bench coach Pete Mackanin.

With those spots vacated it left room for a certain minor league manager to get his first real crack at Major League coaching.

Hall of Fame second baseman and former IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg will coach third base. Last year’s third base coach Juan Samuel will move to first base.

Sandberg will also become the infield instructor, which was Perlozzo’s job.

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Phillies Also Let Go of Mackanin, Gross

Less than two hours after the Phillies 2012 season ended they fired three coaches.

Shortly after it was announced first base coach Sam Perlozzo will not return to the Phillies in 2013, the Phillies announced they have cut ties with bench coach Pete Mackanin and hitting coach Greg Gross.

With three coaching spots vacant right now it should be easy to believe Lehigh Valley manager Ryne Sandberg could be a candidate for any of the three spots.

Boston to interview Phils bench coach for manager

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Phillies bench coach for the last three years, Pete Mackanin, is apparently on the Boston Red Sox’s radar as their new manager, reported the Philadelphia Daily News earlier this morning.

After Terry Francona resigned almost a month ago, the Sox have been desperately in need to find themselves a viable manager to replace Francona, who was a player’s manager and helped lead the Red Sox to World Championships in 2004 and 2007.

Mackanin is scheduled to have an interview today, new Red Sox GM Ben Cherington confirmed yesterday to the Boston Globe.

Mackanin has been a Major League interim manager twice: Pittsburgh in 2005 (12-14 record) and Cincinnati in 2007 (41-39). He managed 13 years in the minors as well.

Mackanin has always wanted to be a full time Major League manager and the opportunity couldn’t come any sooner.

“I’ve always hoped that somebody would at least give me an interview,” Mackanin told the Daily News during the NLDS. “Hell, I’m 60 years old, so sooner or later it’s bound to happen. It’s the top of the industry. There’s only 30 jobs like that. I’ve managed my whole life, so it would be great. It would be fun to have the chance.”

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