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September 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - Before everyone made their way for home or a mini-vacation or even just a much-needed break from a stressful and borderline disastrous first half of the 2015 season, Pete Mackanin got his players together in the visiting clubhouse at AT & T Park in San Francisco and delivered a pre-All-Star break message to his players. Mackanin, who had taken over the managing job on an interim basis only 2 1/2 weeks earlier, demanded to see a better effort from his last-place Phillies when they reconvened at the end of the week.
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February 11, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It was a dark day for Pete Mackanin. The Phillies had just finished a disappointing season with a .500 record, ending a run of five straight National League East titles. The misguided initial blame for the fantastic fall was placed on hitting coach Greg Gross, first base coach Sam Perlozzo and Mackanin, who was Charlie Manuel's bench coach that season. All three were immediately fired after the final game of the 2012 season in Washington. "It was disappointing, but I had been fired before for what I felt like was no good reason," Mackanin said last month during a Phillies winter banquet stop in Lakewood, N.J. Stick around baseball for 48 years and you are bound to be fired a time or two for no good reason.
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December 9, 2015 | By Matt Breen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
NASHVILLE - Pete Mackanin's fine handwriting - steeped in his education in the Catholic schools of Chicago's South Side - will return next season to Phillies lineup cards. The manager will not just be simply stroking his calligraphy pen. He will also have full control over who plays and who does not. Dictated lineups, or at least lineups with front-office influence, seem to be a growing trend across baseball. General manager Matt Klentak said that will not be the case with the Phillies.
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September 11, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AFTER A WAIT of an hour and 57 minutes last night, the Phillies' game against the Chicago Cubs was postponed by rain. The teams will play a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park tonight. Phillies rookie pitchers Adam Morgan and Alec Asher will start in the first game and in the nightcap, respectively. Anyone who waited nearly two hours last night only to race back to their cars through a teeming rain was given this: If they don't feel like coming back tonight, they can exchange their ticket for any 2016 game when individual tickets go on sale in February.
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August 26, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ABOUT EIGHT YEARS ago, just before the underachieving Cincinnati Reds took the field for what was likely one of their many forgettable games in a lost season, Pete Mackanin approached veterans Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn before the national anthem. Mackanin, 55 at the time and in his second stint as an interim manager in three seasons, addressed the 37-year-old Griffey and put on a serious face. "I know how you like wearing your hat backwards, but that's not happening anymore while I'm here and I'm going to fine you each time you're wearing it like that," Mackanin said.
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December 7, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nearly four decades ago, when their two-person traveling party welcomed a third member, Pete Mackanin's wife, Nancy, began keeping a journal. As Mackanin bounced from one baseball job to the next, his family moving from one town to the next, Nancy recorded all of their son's firsts and noted where they were in their lives at every given point. The journal is how Nancy knows the precise number of times she has packed up and moved with her husband: 57, or enough for about 10 lifetimes.
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August 26, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - There is a chance, within the next week, that Carlos Ruiz's time with the Phillies will come to an end. The 37-year-old catcher has produced in a part-time role. He is the sort of veteran player contending teams look to acquire at this time of year. Or not. "I don't know," Ruiz said Wednesday. "Maybe it's possible. Maybe it's not. Depending on how everything goes, it's possible. So far there's nothing. I don't know. I'm still happy here. It was something I was thinking early in the season to now. We'll see what happens.
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September 17, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Pete Mackanin filled out his lineup card before Thursday night's 15-2 loss to Pittsburgh and left off the name of Ryan Howard. But that will change on Friday. The majority of the playing time over the season's final 15 games will belong to Howard as the team bids farewell to the last remaining player from the 2008 World Series champions. It is a change of tone from earlier this month when Mackanin said he would cut back on Howard's playing time to get a better look at Tommy Joseph.
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September 2, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Ryan Howard's final August with the Phillies was a good one. Maybe it wasn't up there with his summer months of old, when he could piston the ball through the steamy air seemingly at will, but it wasn't bad at all. He hit .314 with six home runs and 15 runs batted in during 16 games. Given that uptick in an otherwise quiet year, Howard was surprised and disappointed to learn that manager Pete Mackanin intends to shave his playing time in the last month of the season in order to see Tommy Joseph get more at-bats against righthanded pitchers.
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November 14, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
THE ST. LOUIS Cardinals have hired Mike Matheny as manager to succeed Tony LaRussa. Matheny spent the last 2 years with the organization as a roving minor league hitting instructor. The Cardinals also interviewed Phillies' Triple A manager Ryne Sandberg for the position. Sandberg could have a spot on the Phillies' big-league coaching staff if bench coach Pete Mackanin is hired by the Red Sox. Mackanin is among five candidates to have an initial interview. The Red Sox are planning to grant a second interview to Milwaukee hitting coach Dale Sveum during the general managers meetings in Milwaukee tomorrow, Fox Sports reported.
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September 24, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - It was here, 166 days earlier, where Jeanmar Gomez's most unexpected spell as Phillies closer began. Pete Mackanin inserted Gomez because he had no other options. The Venezuelan righthander reached 20 saves before June ended. He did it without flair, without a heavy metal entrance song, and without an overpowering fastball. His magic faded in Queens, with another blown save and a stadium full of nervous fans chanting, "Jose! Jose Jose Jose!" And, two innings later, his possible replacement blew it again.
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September 22, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
When the Phillies decided to promote Roman Quinn straight from an injury-shortened season at double A to the majors, it was designed to offer the 23-year-old outfielder a taste of what could be a regular role in 2017. His arrival may have provided an unintended benefit. A little motivation for Odubel Herrera never hurt. The two effervescent outfielders formed a potent duo Tuesday in the Phillies' 7-6 win over Chicago. Quinn, batting second, slapped two singles and scored two runs.
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September 17, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Pete Mackanin filled out his lineup card before Thursday night's 15-2 loss to Pittsburgh and left off the name of Ryan Howard. But that will change on Friday. The majority of the playing time over the season's final 15 games will belong to Howard as the team bids farewell to the last remaining player from the 2008 World Series champions. It is a change of tone from earlier this month when Mackanin said he would cut back on Howard's playing time to get a better look at Tommy Joseph.
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September 16, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Cesar Hernandez raised his right hand on the barrel and lowered his bat to bunt, just as he has done so often this season. The ball sputtered in front of Pirates catcher Eric Fryer, who hurried a throw to first base that sailed into the Citizens Bank Park stands. Hernandez boasted his majors-leading 12th bunt hit of the season. In the fourth inning Wednesday of a 6-2 Phillies win, Hernandez later scored on Maikel Franco's double. The 26-year-old second baseman is an enigmatic presence in Pete Mackanin's lineup, but the Phillies manager speaks more and more like a man who envisions Hernandez atop his batting order in 2017.
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September 9, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
MIAMI - On Thursday, for the second time in three days, the Phillies will start a pitcher who has attempted to reclaim his career with the addition of a two-seam fastball. Alec Asher, who will start Thursday in Washington, was told by the Phillies at the end of last season that he needed to learn how to throw a two-seamer. The sinker, manager Pete Mackanin said, gives a needed second look. Asher rode the pitch to great success in the minors this season before he was suspended for 80 games in June after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
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September 6, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
If there was any silver lining to an 0-6 homestand that began and ended with losses by Phillies starting pitcher Jake Thompson, it was actually the performance of the 22-year-old righthander. Forget the two losses on his pitching record, an often misleading statistic. Thompson was vastly improved in his last two starts after being roughed up in his first four. After being called up from triple-A Lehigh Valley on Aug. 6, Thompson posted a 9.78 in his first four starts. He worked on mechanics with pitching coach Bob McClure and everything about his two starts since has been encouraging.
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September 5, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
The start to Odubel Herrera's season was so strong that it was assumed by the season's second month that he would be an all-star. He was thriving in his second year behind a newfound patient approach at the plate. The free-swinging Herrera - whose second-half struggles sent him to the seventh spot in the Phillies lineup on Saturday - was leading the league in walks and pitches seen. What happened? "He's lost his discipline," manager Pete Mackanin said. "Whatever his discipline is. " Herrera entered Saturday with 490 at-bats this season.
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September 2, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Ryan Howard's final August with the Phillies was a good one. Maybe it wasn't up there with his summer months of old, when he could piston the ball through the steamy air seemingly at will, but it wasn't bad at all. He hit .314 with six home runs and 15 runs batted in during 16 games. Given that uptick in an otherwise quiet year, Howard was surprised and disappointed to learn that manager Pete Mackanin intends to shave his playing time in the last month of the season in order to see Tommy Joseph get more at-bats against righthanded pitchers.
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September 2, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
It is the cruelest game, a game that inserts a lefthanded pitcher with a 6.50 ERA against a first-place team that mashes lefthanders, and permits that pitcher to come within one strike of securing the best start of his career. Some fans at Citizens Bank Park clapped Wednesday night for Adam Morgan, who headed toward the dugout in the seventh inning of a 2-1 Phillies loss to Washington. "The best I've seen him - probably ever," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. But Morgan's effort was unfinished.
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September 1, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
On Thursday, Tyler Goeddel's status with the Phillies will crystallize. Rosters expand, and Goeddel will officially be guaranteed a spot on the active roster for the remainder of the season. The Phillies were able to carry him for the entire season as a Rule 5 pick. "I expected in my mind to be here the whole year," Goeddel, 23, said. "I'm happy that I did. " But he has, in essence, been the 25th man on the roster all year. He started 22 games in May, posted a .794 OPS in those games, and has started 22 games in the months since then as the Phillies prioritized at-bats for players like Cody Asche and Jimmy Paredes.
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