Phillies extend contract of manager Pete Mackanin

Former Peoria Chiefs skipper Pete Mackanin is finally a major-league manager without an interim tag attached to the title.

Today the Philadelphia Phillies extended Mackanin’s contract through the 2016 season, with a club option for 2017. The 64-year-old skipper served as an interim manager for three clubs, including the Phillies after Ryne Sandberg resigned on June 26.

Mackanin got his managerial start as Peoria’s skipper in 1985 and 1986, when the Chiefs were affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. The 1985 team included Greg Maddux and Rafael Palmeiro; the 1986 team included Mark Grace and Joe Girardi.

Mackanin was the middle man in a string of three consecutive Chiefs skippers who went on to manage in the major leagues. He replaced Joe Maddon, who was Peoria’s manager in 1984 (the team’s last year as a California Angels affiliate), and was succeeded by Jim Tracy, who managed the Chiefs in 1987 and 1988 before spending 11 seasons as a big-league skipper.

Sandberg also managed the Chiefs, in 2007 and 2008.

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