Bowa was in the region the other day taking part in Hall of Fame ceremonies up in Reading. He was inducted into the R-Phils Hall of Fame in 1988 and honored similarly by the major league Phillies in 1991. He's currently an analyst for MLB Network.
"They've got some decisions to make," he continued. "They got Rollins. They got Cole Hamels. And they got [Ryan] Madson. Those are big-time decisions. Hamels, obviously, they're going to take care of. Ryan Madson, when he's healthy, is going to be the closer. And Jimmy is the shortstop. Those are big decisions they have to make."
Bowa, of course, is the only other Phillies shortstop to taste championship champagne. With the trade deadline approaching, Bowa figures the Phils have enough talent to win the division title and possibly enough to win the whole salami. However . . .
"Their long-range goal is to win a World Series," he said. "Another hitter in that lineup would help out a lot. But I don't think it's [crucial], because their pitching has been unbelievable."
Bowa's last job before TV was as a coach for Joe Torre and the Dodgers last year, before the messy Frank McCourt situation became downright toxic.
"It's not disappointing to see, it's embarrassing," Bowa said. "To me, they are the Yankees of the West. To see what's going on out there is not very good for baseball. There were a lot of things you could see, but I didn't think they were in bankruptcy. I did know they weren't spending a lot of money, but I didn't think they were going to go through bankruptcy. It's not fun to watch."
- Ed Barkowitz