Rampant news has been circulating among the Phillies that Larry Bowa is going to be joining the coaching staff of Ryne Sandberg for 2014. The rumors of this started soon after Ryne landed the job in Philly, taking over for Charlie Manuel after the Phillies flopped in the second half of the season in 2013.
Bowa was a voice that was heard in support for Ryne Sandberg and he is supposed to be a close confidante, but it’s kind of strange that he would be considering Larry Bowa for a role in his coaching staff with the history that Bowa has already had with the team.
Given Larry Bowa’s time as the manager of the Phillies just prior to the arrival of Charlie Manuel, should be well enough proof that the Phillies don’t want to return to the ‘old days’ and have Bowa in a role of influence on this team.
Bowa demands players to ‘play hard’ for the most part. Yes, that is a given in the MLB, and shouldn’t have to be forced down the throats of players, not saying that Bowa is wrong at all, but I don’t think the Phillies need to revisit the style of the great Phillies ex-shortstop and manager.
Don Mattingly wanted Bowa as his bench coach in LA, but was overruled by GM, Ned Colletti, and Bowa didn’t stay with the Dodgers. There was a reason for that, and look where the Dodgers are now.
Larry Bowa holds a special place still in the hearts and minds of many Phillies fans for his years of great play and being named the manager of this team when the Phillies didn’t have the caliber of players that they do now.
Bowa is from the old school, a time when baseball players played the game because the loved it and weren’t getting paid millions of dollars to do it. Times have changed, and so have the players. Bringing Bowa back would be a step back in time for the Phillies to a time where the Phillies was not the team it is today, despite the extremely poor finish they turned in this year.