On Tuesday, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced that Pete Mackanin will remain in the role of interim manager for the rest of the season. Mackanin took over as interim manager on Friday following Ryne Sandberg’s resignation.
Mackanin has vowed to make decisions in the best interest of the Phillies organization for the future, but Amaro did not guarantee that Mackanin will have a job as manager after the season.
Ron Hextall continued to make moves today, one day after the NHL draft that saw the Flyers pick up Russian defenseman Ivan Provorov with the 7th overall pick.
The Flyers will swap underperforming defenseman Nick Grossmann and the remainder of Chris Pronger's contract for Arizona Coyotes center Sam Gagner and a conditional 2016 or 2017 draft pick.
In his 3rd draft as the Sixers' GM, Sam Hinkie again came out of the night with a highly rated center. First in a draft say trade to land Nerlens Noel on 2013, then at one time top rated Joel Embiid fell to Philly's 3rd overall pick with an ankle injury in 2014, and now in 2015 with Jahlil Okafor landing in Hinkie's lap.
The consensus top rated Karl Anthony Towns was unsurprisingly taken by Minnesota at #1 but the Laker shook thing up by taking D'Angelo Russell with the second pick when many thought Okafor was a lock for #2. Although Hinkie seemingly hoped to take scoring guard at #3, when he was off the table it was a no-brainer to select Okafor, once the top-rated prospect coming into his Freshmen season at Duke.
Here we are, on the day of Hinkie's third NBA Draft with the Sixers. He's nabbed Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams, Joel Embiid, and Dario Saric in the lottery during his tenure. Noel is already one of the better post defenders in the NBA after just one full season and looks like he can bloom into a solid all-around player. MCW was traded to the Bucks once Hinkie realized he couldn't shoot, a pretty important skill for a guard to have. Embiid, after sitting out all of last season with a foot injury, will most likely sit this upcoming season as well. Saric is still overseas, but will likely come over next season.
Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!