Following a disappointing season in Philadelphia, the Phillies fired three coaches after their last game of the season. Among those coaches was Pete Mackanin, who interviewed for the Cubs' managerial opening back in November of 2011.
Mackanin, who turned 61 in August, would likely be looking at the third base coach's job, which was vacated when the Cubs let Pat Listach go following the team's final game.
The Chicago-born Mackanin brings with him a ton of experience from every level of the game. As a player, he spent parts of nine seasons in the major leagues, seeing time with Texas, Montreal, Philadelphia and Minnesota.
In his last professional season, Mackanin found himself playing for the Iowa Cubs as a 32-year-old in 1984. Posting a mediocre .248/.313/.374 slash line, Mackanin took another opportunity offered to him in the Cubs' system: manager. Not skipping a single season, Mackanin reported to the Midwest League's Peoria Chiefs.
In an effort to show that the Cubs were right to give him a shot as a minor league manager, Mackanin took Peoria to the Midwest League Finals in both 1985 and 1986, after which he earned a promotion to the AAA Iowa Cubs. Spending two years at the helm there, he moved on to various farm clubs for Cincinnati, Baltimore, Montreal and Pittsburgh.
The familiarity that the front office has with Mackanin from last offseason could prove highly valuable. Much like first base coach Dave McKay, Mackanin brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from nearly every imaginable viewpoint of a team.
As the lone candidate the Cubs interviewed for their managerial position last winter that would take the role, Mackanin as the Cubs' new third base coach could make a lot of sense. It would also mesh with the team's new thoughts, in that it's far better to have many good minds and let the conflicts come and be resolved, rather than one person in an authoritarian position and everyone falls in line.