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.”