Sunday, November 29, 2015

Bowa hired as Phillies bench coach

Former Phillies manager Larry Bowa will be on Ryne Sandberg's coaching staff for 2014, and Pete Mackanin is returning, too.

Bowa hired as Phillies bench coach

Larry Bowa. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Larry Bowa. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Among the personal memoribilia Ryne Sandberg has on display in his home in Arizona is a Larry Bowa-issued bat. 

Why a Bowa bat? Sandberg used it to collecthis first major league hit on Sept. 27, 1981 at Wrigley Field. 

Sandberg and Bowa were Phillies teammates at the time. Less than six months later, they were both traded from the Phillies to the Cubs; they have remained close ever since.

They are about to become closer.

The 67-year-old Bowa was named Sandberg's bench coach on Tuesday. Bowa, who preceded Charlie Manuel as Phillies manager, is back for his second stint as a Phillies coach and his fourth tenure with the team overall.

Bowa spent the majority of his playing career (1970-81) with the Phillies, including winning a World Series ring in 1980. Bowa, who served as manager from 2001-04, was also the third base coach for the 1993 National League Champion Phillies.

Bowa is joined on the 2014 coaching staff by Pete Mackanin. Mackanin served as the Phillies bench coach from 2009-12; he will be the third base coach next season.

The Phillies still have one large vacancy to fill on the staff: pitching coach. Rich Dubee was fired a week ago.

Steve Henderson will return in 2014 as the team's hitting coach, but assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner declined to return to the same role. 

Juan Samuel, who shifted from first base coach to third base coach when Sandberg took over as manager, is still being considered for a position in 2014, as is bullpen coach Rod Nichols.

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