Ryne Sandberg resigned Friday as manager of the Phillies. Pete Mackanin, who was Philadelphia’s third-base coach, was named the team’s interim manager.
Sandberg took over as Phillies skipper in August 2013 after the team fired his predecessor, Charlie Manuel. Philadelphia went 119-159 during Sandberg’s tenure.
Sandberg, Mackanin and Manuel each were skippers in the Midwest League at the start of their managerial careers.
Sandberg managed the Peoria Chiefs in 2007 and 2008.
Mackanin managed the Chiefs in 1985 and 1986. He replaced current Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon, who was Peoria’s field manager in 1984, and was succeeded by Jim Tracy, who managed the Chiefs in 1987 and 1988 before spending 11 seasons as a big-league skipper. Mackanin’s 1985 Chiefs team included future Baseball Hall-of-Famer Greg Maddux.
Manuel managed the Wisconsin Rapids Twins in 1983, sixteen years after he played for the Midwest League team. I previously wrote about Manuel’s time in the MWL as both a player and a manager here.