Saw this on Rotoworld first and they linked to Trent Rosencrans’s blog. Pete Mackanin will be named as the interim manager.
I pray there is a real search for a new manager at the end of the season and not just a removal of the word “interim” from Mackanin’s title.
Chris here: The move is up at the official site. Mackanin is the guy who took over after Lloyd McClendon was fired in 2005. The Pirates went 12-16 under Mackanin, for whatever that’s worth. Probably less meaningful than the fact that he was McClendon’s bench coach from 2003-05. Before that, Mackanin was third base coach for the Expos from 1997-2000. Those were some dark, dark, years under Felipe Alou.
I agree with Eric’s thoughts above. My worry all along is that the “interim” manager would get the benefit of this team’s likely regression to its true level (i.e. improvement), and we’ll be stuck with a probably-unqualified dude for three years, ala Dave Miley and Jerry Narron. If I’m being optimistic, I can look to the idea that the Castellini/Krivsky group brought Mackanin in last February, and very well could have done their due diligence with him already. It’s not the same as a “real” managerial search, but it’s something.
Here’s a Q&A from when Mackanin took over for McClendon:
Tell me who this sounds like:
GVB– What about expectations for this team down the stretch, what are you looking for from this team down the stretch?
Mackanin– What IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to see is some clean baseball. Over the past month or so we have not played clean and part of it is due to the young players playing together on the field unable to execute a lot of the things that they should be able to execute. My goal would be to make sure that we keep things simple, we talk about and do the things that weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re supposed to do – hitting cutoff men, getting bunts down, making routine plays on different type of bunt situations and not making mental mistakes.
– The next question was unrelated, but Mackanin went right back to the same answer:
As long as we play clean baseball I think that the rest will take care of itself. You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to lose games on fundamentals. You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to lose games because you make a mental mistake. If we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get the hits when weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re supposed to or make the pitches when weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re supposed to – well then you deal with that on different level. You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to lose games because of an errant throw. Lose the game because somebody gets a base hit off your pitcher.