I think the Phils are making a good decision by shaking up the coaching staff. While Rhys Hoskins has made the last month and a half bearable, the fact is that very few players developed positively under Mackanin this year. Odubel Herrera, Maikel Franco, and Cameron Rupp all either regressed significantly or failed to take steps forward, while guys like Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez failed to make improvements in the pitching staff.
This isn’t all Mackanin’s fault, but the expectation was that the Phils were taking some steps forward, and should have been better than a bottom-three team in the major leagues.
It’s just hard to justify returning a manager that came close to losing 100 games. Plain and simple, its just time for a fresh voice from outside of the organization, which is something that has been overdue by about half a decade for this franchise.
The change at the managerial position will represent the first time the Phils have gone into an offseason looking to fill the role with a guy not previously involved with the organization since the end of the 2003 season when the team would eventually hire Charlie Manuel to replace Larry Bowa.
Since then, the Phils have twice fired their manager and replaced them for multiple years with the guy who took the interim tag. Ryne Sandberg, who ranks up there with former Sixers’ disaster Eddie Jordan as one of the worst disasters this town has ever seen, took over for Manuel as the team’s interim manager before taking on the role permanently. And Mackanin would eventually replace Sandberg halfway through the 2015 season before being granted the job on a full-time basis by management.
The pressure is now on General Manager Matt Klentak to start kicking this rebuild into high gear. With pieces like Hoskins, Nick Williams, and Aaron Nola, along with a plethora of money to spend in free agency, the Phillies shouldn’t have trouble luring a pretty well-qualified candidate to town.