Former Major League manager Pete Mackanin has been hired to fill the void left by Jimy Williams. General manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. and manager Charlie Manuel made a joint announcement today.
From a Phillies news release: Mackanin, 57, spent this past year as a pro scout for the New York Yankees after managing the Cincinnati Reds for the final three months of the 2007 season. Under his supervision, the Reds went 41-39 (.513) and had the second-best record in the National League Central Division during his tenure. In 2005, Mackanin was interim manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates for the team's final 26 games of the season. Before that, he spent seven seasons on the Major League coaching staffs of the Montreal Expos (third base coach, 1997-2000) and the Pirates (bench coach, 2003-05). As a player, Mackanin appeared in 18 games for the Phillies over the 1978 and 1979 seasons. With Mackanin's hiring, Sam Perlozzo has been named the third base coach.