Philadelphia Phillies: GM Matt Klentak provides winner’s mindset
On Friday, Matt Klentak removed Pete Mackanin from the Philadelphia Phillies managerial chair. This is a little surprising because he received a contract extension in May. However, this is an impressive move by Klentak.
Not only does Klentak re-evaluate his decision on keeping Mackanin, which can be hard for a GM to do, but he is being aggressive in his pursuit for a World Series ring.
Klentak isn’t going to stand by and watch this team trend downward when it should be going upward.
The Philadelphia Phillies best mark with Mackanin was 71-91 in 2016. He was the skipper for two and a half years and it was hard for the team to develop any consistency during any of those seasons.
Mackanin was never a winner in the big leagues. He was the interim skipper with Pittsburgh in 2005 and Cincinnati in 2007, and he never got a chance to manage those teams afterward.
He’s a smart baseball mind, but it didn’t seem like the team was always disciplined or energized enough for games. Odubel Herrera was benched because he didn’t run to first on a dropped third strike in a game with Houston. It’s best to establish a strong clubhouse presence with the young players and with Mackanin being 66 years old, the Phils should bring in a younger manager. This would be the better road to go down, because then Rhys Hoskins, J.P. Crawford, and Nick Williams will be able to have stability in the dugout.
Even though Mackanin has been involved with the Phillies coaching staff through various capacities over the past 10 years, Klentak realized it’s time to shake things up and bring in someone that has the ability to take more control of the clubhouse and lead the team to the postseason.
Klentak has made smart decisions during his time in Philly and we should expect more of them in the future. He already has the trust of Andy MacPhail (President of Baseball Operations) and John Middleton (principal owner) and he may have the trust of the entire Phillies fan base soon.