Ex-Chiefs skipper Mackanin agrees to new deal with Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies and manager Pete Mackanin agreed Friday to a new two-year deal that keeps the former Peoria Chiefs skipper at Philly’s helm at least through the 2017 season.

Mackanin had been working under a contract that expired at the end of the 2016 season, but the new deal supersedes the old one to cover both the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The new contract also includes a club option for 2018.

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 current Cubs skipper 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.

Mackanin became Philadelphia’s manager when Ryne Sandberg resigned from the post midseason last year. Sandberg also managed the Chiefs, in 2007 and 2008.

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