October 4, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies made news the past day with all their shuffling of the coaching staff.
And though he’s on for 2013, Charlie Manuel has become a hot topic.
With Ryne Sandberg waiting in the wings to be a Major League manager soon, and preferably in Philadelphia, Manuel talked about his plans after 2013 when his current contract is up.
General manager Ruben Amaro made clear that Sandberg was not promised the Phillies job in 2014 and that Sandberg has permission to interview with other teams. Manuel also said that he is not pursuing a contract extension this season and will evaluate what he wants to do after the 2013 season.
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November 15, 2011
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As the Inquirer‘s Matt Gelb points out, it looks like Ryne Sandberg will not be taking his managerial talents to the Windy City or Bean Town.
Sandberg, who managed the Phillies AAA affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs to their first post season appearance last season, could very well be back in Allentown, PA next season.
There are only two managerial vacancies left: the Cubs and the Red Sox. Chicago’s newly appointed GM Theo Epstein said he wants a manager with Major League experience as well as not wanting to have to fire the franchise’s HOF second baseman some day. As for Boston, they never even interviewed Sandberg.
The only other major team in the fray was the St. Louis Cardinals. They did in fact interview Sandberg but they went ahead and signed former catcher Mike Matheny as their new manager.
Also as Gelb points out, which was also pretty talked about when Sandberg was signed last year is the possibility to replace Charlie Manuel. By having Sandberg in the system for next season, the Phillies could continue to groom him as a manager, find a spot on their bench for the 2013 season and possibly hire Sandberg as their next manager once Manuel’s contract is up after 2013 and likely retires.
There are still a ways to go for this ultimate scenario to take shape. But for now, the IronPigs will have another season under a great manager.
October 31, 2011
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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.”