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Pete Mackanin to manage Phillies in 2016

The Phillies announced Tuesday that they have elected to extend the contract of Pete Mackanin, making him the team’s full-time manager in 2016. The deal includes a club option for the 2017 season.

Here’s an official statement by incoming team president Andy MacPhail:

The 64-year-old Mackanin took over as the Phillies’ interim manager after Ryne Sandberg resigned from his managerial duties back on June 26. Since Mackanin has taken over, the Phillies have gone 30-46, but have shown signs of improvement since the All-Star break by posting a 27-32 record.

Mackanin had previously been an interim manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005 and the Cincinnati Reds in 2007. 2016 will be his first opportunity to manage a ball club without the interim tag.

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