PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pete Mackanin will not return as the Phillies’ manager in 2018, the team announced on Friday.

Pete Mackanin has agreed to a contract extension to serve as special assistant to the general manager for 2018 and beyond.

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Earlier this week on the 94WIP Morning Show, Mackanin admitted he wasn’t completely sure about his future with the club.

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“I assume I’ll be back here,” Mackanin told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Wednesday. “[General manager] Matt [Klentak] and I get along fine, but he hasn’t said directly that, ‘You’re definitely coming back,’ nor have the coaches been told anything. So, this is a funny business, you never know. I’ve been on teams before where I thought everything was fine and I’ve got the axe. So, it’s not that big of a deal. I assume I’ll be back, but until I’m told, ‘You’re definitely coming back,’ I don’t take anything for granted.”

Ken Rosenthal reports that a friend of Mackanin’s says he was “shocked” when hearing the news.

94WIP’s Howard Eskin mentions Buck Showalter as a possible replacement for Mackanin. Showalter has been the manager of the Baltimore Orioles since 2010 and was hired by current Phillies president Andy MacPhail, who Baltimore’s president from 2007-2011.

Mackanin, 66, was 172-237 as the Phillies manager since taking over on June 26th, 2015. He will remain as the manager for the final three games of the season.

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