It didn’t take long for the Red Sox to turn the page on their historic September meltdown, as the team and manager Terry Francona parted ways just a couple of days after their last game of the regular season.
Now, it appears the Red Sox are turning yet another page, as they have already begun their search for the vacant managerial position and will reportedly interview Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, according to ESPN.
Although Mackanin has yet to hold a full-time managerial role in the major leagues, he has held interim roles for the Reds and the Pirates in recent years. In his short time as Reds skipper, he took a down-in-the-dumps team that had already lost 51 games by July 1, 2007 and led them to a 41-39 record from that point on.
Mackanin was primarily a middle infielder for nine years between 1973-1981, suiting up for the Expos, Twins, Phillies and Rangers, finishing his career with a .226 batting average. The 60-year-old Chicago native got his first managerial gig in 1985 when he took over as bench boss for the Peoria Chiefs, a Single-A affiliate of the Cubs. He took over for current Rays manager Joe Maddon and was replaced after two seasons by current Rockies manager, Jim Tracy.