Mackanin definitely interested in Sox job

October, 4, 2011
10/04/11
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BOSTON -- Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark that he would love to manage and would definitely have interest in the vacant Red Sox job.

But first, there's the task at hand.

"It's nice to see my name come up,'' said Mackanin, who according to a source will be one of the candidates interviewed for Boston's managerial vacancy. "At the same time, right now all my thoughts are on (the Phillies) and what we have to do, and we don't need any distractions. We need all the focus we can get these next couple of days. I'll worry about the rest of it afterward. Hopefully, we'll win the World Series, and we won't be done till November, and by then maybe they'll already have hired somebody. If that's how this turns out, that's fine with me."

Mackanin has served as an interim manager for both the Reds and Pirates but has never served full-time in the role. He has been Charlie Manuel's right-hand man in Philadelphia since 2009.

Mackanin also was the Pirates' bench coach from 2003-05 and the Expos' third-base coach from 1997-2000. He managed 13 minor league seasons from 1985 to 2001, with his teams finishing first or second on eight occasions.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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