Re: If Pete plays .600 ball with this team for the season...
Are you going to renew him as interim manager? Because that's what he currently is.
Mackanin was hired to be the manager for the rest of the year. That's a time period that, once it's past, can't be renewed. Beyond that fact, I'd like to see the Reds stick to a plan for once. For instance, 'the plan' was to leave Homer at AAA this year and bring him up to the Bigs in the spring. But the Reds caved into the pressure.
In the case of Mackanin, 'the plan' was for him to manage the team for the rest of the year and then step aside while a search for a long-term manager is conducted. The guy has a total six games under his belt with the Reds and there are already people that have decided that he can walk on water! These are likely the same people that, if MacKanin is named permanent manager, a la Jerry Narron, and the Reds get off to a poor start next year, will be calling for his head and taking management to task for bringing him back.