Greetings, Pete Mackanin
Hello from Citizen’s Bank Park, where it’s a warm and quite sunny day in Philadelphia. After first getting to the clubhouse, we were out in the dugout when Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin was behind the cage overseeing pitcher’s batting practice. It was good to visit with him for a few minutes.
Mackanin, you may remember, was the Reds interim manager for the final 79 games of the 2007 season after Jerry Narron was let go. A pleasure to work with for media folk, Mackanin had a dry sense of humor and liked to drop some quirky lines our way. Had I been blogging back then, more of them would have been printed. Here was one from today:
Mackanin did a fine job for Cincinnati under the circumstances when he took over a 31-51 team that had the worst record in the Majors and guided the Reds to a 40-39 record. It would have been a better record had so many regular players not got hurt over the final stretch of games. However, Mackanin was never under serious consideration for the full-time job before the Reds hired Dusty Baker.
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Not a ton of news today. 3B Edwin Encarnacion enters tonight a not-too-robust 1-for-9 in three games since his return from the DL with a left wrist fracture. The one hit, a double, came in his first at-bat back on Friday. Obviously, he is still playing catch-up after missing 58 games.
“My first few games I didn’t do that well but I know it will turn around,” Encarnacion said. “I feel ready to go. I’ve been working hard. Everything will come to me. I’ve had two bad games but that’s in the past. I will keep going. I will stay focused.”
As you can see from above, Encarnacion is batting eighth for the first time this season.
“Edwin doesn’t usually hit eighth but he doesn’t have his stroke yet,” Baker said.
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