Phillies bring back fiery Bowa

Larry Bowa reportedly is close to rejoining the Phillies as manager Ryne Sandberg's bench coach. Credit: Metro file photo
Larry Bowa reportedly is close to rejoining the Phillies as manager Ryne Sandberg’s bench coach.
Credit: Metro file photo

 

Bowa returns as bench coach

 

Maybe Larry Bowa is the Phillies’ Billy Martin. Much like the fiery Yankees manager, who was hired and fired ad nauseum, Bowa will return as the bench coach under manager Ryne Sandberg. This is his fourth run as a Phillie.

When Bowa was asked by Metro in August about returning as a coach, the former Phillies manager claimed he was content in his current role as a MLB analyst.

“I love what I do,” Bowa said. “I’ve enjoyed analysis more than I ever thought I would.”

Bowa, 67, apparently missed putting on the uniform. This is his second time coaching the Phillies. He was in the third-base box for nine years (1988-1996) sporting red pinstripes. Bowa managed the Phillies from 2001-2004.

Of course, the slick-fielding shortstop was with the Phillies for 12 seasons (1970 to 1981), until he was traded to the Cubs for Ivan DeJesus. The throw-in to Chicago was Sandberg.

Bowa will be reunited with Jimmy Rollins, a player he managed before being replaced by Charlie Manuel.

“Jimmy is my favorite player,” Bowa said. “I feel like I’m his dad… He really turned into a great shortstop. Just look at all that he accomplished with the Phillies.”

Another coach is returning to Philadelphia, too. Pete Mackanin, who Charlie Manuel’s bench coach (2009-2012), will coach third base. Machanin, 62, served as a New York Yankees scout last season.

The status of bullpen coach Rod Nichols and first-base coach Juan Samuel are up in the air. Nichols, 48, finished his first season as Phillies coach and Samuel, 52, has been a coach with the club for the last three seasons

“Bringing Bowa back will be good for the Phillies,” a NL scout said. “He’s a great baseball guy and the fans in Philadelphia love him.”

During the August chat with Bowa, he couldn’t even mention Manuel by name when asked about the most successful manager in Phillies history. Bowa just called him “the manager.”

Bowa went out of his way to praise the Phillies’ organization when detailing how much he loved coming back from alumni weekend, which honored the pennant-winning 1993 club.

“The Phillies do a great job putting that [reunion] together,” Bowa said. “They reach out to the guys who played for the franchise and they treat them right. I had the greatest time when we all came back for the ’93 team. I love what the Phillies are about. I’m glad they asked me to come back for the weekend.”

Bowa kept his Delaware Valley house, which has been home base for him since his playing days.

“I never moved away,” Bowa said. “I’m still in the area. I love it there.”

Bowa believes the Philles can turn it around.

“I think they can come back,” Bowa said. “They first thing they have to do is fix the bullpen. You fix hat You have some great starting pitching. Add some power and they certainly could be back next year. There is hope.”

 

Follow Metro Philadelphia on Twitter: @MetroPhilly



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Dogs are capable of feeling jealousy - U.S.…

By Curtis Skinner(Reuters) - Dogs are a man's best friend, and research released on Wednesday says canines want to keep it that way.Dogs are capable…

Local

G train riders brace for five-week shutdown

G train service will be suspended between Brooklyn and Queens between Friday, July 25, and Tuesday, Sept. 2.

International

Peaches Geldof's death was drugs-related, coroner rules

LONDON (Reuters) - The death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, was drugs-related, a coroner ruled on Wednesday.The…

Local

Family, supporters gather in Brooklyn for Eric Garner…

Family members gathered on Wednesday for the funeral of Eric Garner, who died shortly after police put him in a banned chokehold as they arrested him.

Going Out

5 must-try dishes at Edible Manhattan's Good Beer

Rooting out the exotic amid the New York City bar scene is noble quest. But if you’d like to have it all come to you,…

Books

Art imitates life (almost) in David Shapiro's new…

David Shapiro talks about his book, "You're Not Much Use To Anyone."

Movies

Dakota Fanning's indie growing pains on 'Very Good…

Dakota Fanning on her latest "Very Good Girls."

Entertainment

Britney Spears launches new lingerie line and fans…

Women everywhere can say that they are not that innocent when Britney Spears launches her new lingerie and loungewear line. “Every woman should feel confident…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

MLB

Brandon McCarthy finds his calling on Twitter

Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy joined Twitter three year ago for the same reason many people do: to get news quickly.

Sports

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running…

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running game a boost

Food

Recharge with a post-workout smoothie from Nicky Hilton

Some people can roll out of bed right as their alarm goes off. And that alarm isn’t set for 20 minutes before they have to…

Education

Colleges are increasingly embracing the concept of gender-neutral…

  Northwestern University recently made headlines after announcing that it would be installing two gender-neutral bathrooms in the university's student center. “These are two gender-open…

Career

How to prepare to interview for your dream…

    Congratulations! You landed a job interview at your dream company! A lot of hard work has gone into determining which companies to apply…

Style

The shirtdress is a summer must-have

  We love throwing on our boyfriend’s shirt and a pair of jeans (no matter how much he grumbles that it’s his turn to wear the…