Saturday, August 23, 2014


Pete Mackanin displayed a productive bat while coming up through the Texas Rangers system in the mid 1970s, but it never developed into big league success.  He spent parts of nine years in the majors, but finished with a paltry .226/.263/.339 career slash line.  His last two major league years were with the Twins, as a serviceable utility infielder.

Mackanin has perhaps made his biggest mark in baseball as a coach and manager.  He has spent the last thirty years coaching in some capacity, and is currently the bench coach for the Phillies.  On two separate occasions, for the 2005 Pirates and 2007 Reds, he has been given an opportunity to finish the season as an interim manager.  Despite modest success in that capacity (the 2007 Reds were 31-51 when Jerry Narron was fired, but went 41-39 for Mackanin), a permanent big league managerial job has eluded him.

As for Mackanin's Twins career, he's probably best known for being the last player to wear uniform number 14 before Kent Hrbek.

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