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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:

“There are three kinds of people in the world — those who can count and those who can’t,” Mackanin said.

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.

 


Thumbnail image for citizens bank park 070609.JPGReds lineup
:

Taveras 8
Hairston Jr. 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Gomes 7
Hernandez 2
Bruce 9
Encarnacion 5
Cueto 1

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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Visiting with Mackanin, notes/lineups

Greetings from Clearwater and the Phillies’ spring home at Bright House Field, which is probably the finest stadium you’ll find in the Grapefruit League. (I’m also partial to the Red Sox place in Fort Myers). Sorry for the late morning post but sometimes that’s just how it goes.

Former Reds interim manager Pete Mackanin is now the bench coach for the Phillies and it was nice to see him for a few minutes. Mackanin was great to work with from a media standpoint and more importantly, it was impressive that he led the 2007 team to an above .500 record (41-39) after he took over following a horrible start.

“I’m wearing red again,” Mackanin said before breaking out some dry wit. “I look so good in blue and green but I can’t get away from red. Maybe next time.”

Reds lineup:

Jones CF, Keppinger SS, Bruce RF, Gomes LF, Ward 1B, Alonso DH, Francisco 3B, Hanigan C, Janish 2B

Arroyo – P

Phillies lineup:

Bruntlett SS, Dobbs LF, Werth CF, Howard 1B, Ibanez DH, Jenkins RF, Donald 3B, Cairo 2B, Marson C

Hamels – P

  • Edwin Encarnacion was given another day off to rest a sore left wrist.

“It’s a matter of not having to rush,” manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s the same thing he had last year which you get from check swinging improperly.”

  • Alex Gonzalez is definitely going to make his debut at shortstop Tuesday vs. the Yankees. 
  • Baker isn’t worried about the slow starts by Jeff Keppinger (.105 in 7 games) or Jacque Jones (.133 in 8 games coming in).

 

 

 

 

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