Bowa, Samuel to return to Phillies coaching staff

Larry Bowa and Juan Samuel will return to the Phillies coaching staff next season, the team said Tuesday.

There had been uncertainty as to whether Bowa would return given his candidacy for the Miami Marlins' vacant managerial position. Bowa, who turns 70 in December, interviewed twice with the Marlins in recent weeks. Don Mattingly, who parted ways last week with the Los Angeles Dodgers, appears to be the favorite to land the Marlins job.

Bowa will serve as the Phillies' bench coach for the third consecutive season. Samuel, the team's first-base coach the last three years, will move across the diamond to coach third base, a post he previously occupied.

The lone position Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has yet to fill is that of first-base coach. Hitting coach Steve Henderson and pitching coach Bob McClure are each returning for 2016, and the team recently hired Rick Kranitz as its bullpen coach and John McLaren as its catching coach.


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Samuel, 54, was the Phillies' third-base coach in his first two seasons on the staff, in 2011 and 2012. He had spent the three seasons before that coaching third base for the Baltimore Orioles, a team then run by Andy MacPhail, now the new Phillies president, and Matt Klentak, the new Phillies general manager.

Mackanin began last season as the Phillies' third-base coach but assumed the managerial role when Ryne Sandberg resigned on June 26. John Mizerock, an assistant hitting last season, coached third base for the rest of the year, but he was let go at season's end.

Bowa also instructs infielders while Samuel coaches the outfielders and baserunning.