Phillies say Pete Mackanin won't manage the team in 2018

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The Phillies were about a month into their 2017 season when a press conference was announced on a Thursday afternoon - an off day on the team's schedule - that was nearly celebratory with handshakes all around.

Bowa did later admit that if nothing surfaces, he would be willing to look at other opportunities.

"We have not identified the full candidate pool yet, but I suspect when we get to the interview phase we will interview a variety of candidates", GM Matt Klentak said.

Here's what interesting: I don't think Mackanin's not coming back because he was necessarily a bad manager (he wasn't great, either, but in his defense, he didn't have a lot to work with). "People recognize me as a Phillie", Bowa said. "If you win the last three games they might want to change their mind'".

The Mets enter this encounter on a good note after taking three straight against Atlanta to close out their home schedule - potentially the final games in NY for manager Terry Collins, whose contract expires after this season.

General manager Matt Klentak shakes hands with Pete Mackanin as they talk about Mackanin's new two-year contract in March of 2016. Alfaro also added a double while Odubel Herrera chipped in an RBI of his own.

Harvey and team officials hope that Harvey's command will improve next season, and he figures to be highly motivated in 2018 in his final year before free agency.

Mackanin played the part well on Friday afternoon, and he probably was genuinely happy he'd have a job in some form in 2018 ("and beyond", according to the press release), but his acting skills weren't that great.

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"It's been a continuous struggle all year", Harvey said.

Dusty Wathan has to be the early leader to take over the Phils' clubhouse, considering he managed most of those prospects at double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley before taking a seat next to Mackanin in the dugout as a bench coach. I'm good with it. Let's put it that way.

"There's going to be changes made and decisions that will be made", Rupp said. "It's not something you expect".

Who are the best fits?

He stayed with the Phillies when he started managing the next season, first at short-season Single-A Williamsport, then climbing the ladder to Lakewood and Clearwater before really making his name during a four-year stint as Reading's manager, then earning promotion to Triple-A this season. "He was able to pass that off to some of us young guys".

"We're not firing him", Klentak said. "Every time I see that I'm not in the lineup, I try to get mentally ready and that's what I'm trying to do right now". "I think it is time for us to turn the page and start looking forward to the future".

But the Phillies' power surge wasn't done, even when Harvey exited the game after four innings.

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