– The Philadelphia Phillies announced Pete Mackanin will be their manager in 2016.

He replaced Ryne Sandberg on an interim basis on June 26. Mackanin's contract was extended Tuesday through next season with a club option for 2017.

"They asked me if I would accept the contract and I said, 'Well let me think about it, yes,' " Mackanin said. "It's an honor and I'm so grateful for Ruben Amaro [former Phillies general manager] to put me in the spot that enabled this."

The 64-year-old Mackanin is 30-46 since Sandberg abruptly resigned in the middle of his second full season. The Phillies are 27-32 since the All-Star break.

"They responded very well, and I think that's the biggest reason why I got the job," Mackanin said.

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