Pete Mackanin, who interviewed for the Astros' opening before it went to Brad Mills last season, has been a name cropping up in circles lately for possible interviews. Mackanin has two separate stints as big-league manager, helming the Pirates in 2005 and Reds in 2007, both as interim managers.
"Toronto has a lot of good players," Mackanin told the Toronto Sun . "We don’t see them a lot, being in the other league. Everyone knows about their power potential. I really liked what I saw of Ricky Romero and Shaun Marcum."
Don't read too much into this as there has been nothing linking the bench coach to the Blue Jays job (yet). In fact, by his own admission, the Jays haven't contacted him about speaking with him, although that may be due to Philadelphia remaining in the playoffs. Mackanin was likely simply asked if he would be interested.
With many teams hoping to find new managers as soon as possible, the ex-second baseman may be harmed by a deep postseason run in Philadelphia restricting his ability to interview for jobs. One solution may be for Mackanin to fly out and interview on days off. The Phillies currently are set to enjoy five days off as they kick off the NLCS on Saturday against the winner of the Braves/Giants series.-- Evan Brunell
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