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October 6, 2004
THEY had to fire Bowa! After the deals that got us Jones and Rodriquez and the dramatic call-up of red-hot Marlon Byrd (and after Ed Wade brought in Paul Abbott), how could Bowa not win? Just like the Schilling and Rolen trades, you are doing the right thing, Ed. Gene Reed, Levittown Loyalty as a member of the team, and loyalty as the manager, that was the Bowa trademark. Frank Conforti, Philadelphia Considering the injuries this year as well as the mediocre pitching staff, Larry Bowa did a fine job. If anyone deserved to be fired, it should have been Ed Wade.
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March 12, 2001 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jimmy Rollins had heard all about Larry Bowa. He had no idea who he was, but Rollins kept hearing about Bowa from Billy DeMars, the Phillies' 75-year-old infield instructor and former third-base coach. "He'd be hitting me ground balls in the minor-league camp and he'd say, 'You're a lot better than Larry Bowa was at this age,' " Rollins said. "He kept bringing that name up and I was like, 'Who in the heck is this Larry Bowa?' That was all they'd talk about. It was just some name to me. " That changed on the first day of November when Bowa was named the Phillies' manager.
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February 22, 2004 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On his MLB.com radio show last year, Phillies pitcher Randy Wolf listened as Brian McRae explained his preparations for spring training in his playing days: First, he put on his cleats. Second, he stepped onto his lawn. Lastly, he stood there for about two hours and didn't move. So spring training isn't exactly perpetual motion, but everybody seems to have just enough work to do. Phillies manager Larry Bowa laid out several things he wants to see before the Phillies break camp and open their season in April, and he will be a taskmaster in getting them done.
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March 29, 2001 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Say this about Omar Daal: He pitched like an ace in the Grapefruit League. No one will confuse Daal with Randy Johnson or Roger Clemens, but at this point the veteran lefthander is the Phillies' No. 1 starter and, at least under the swaying palm trees, he gave his manager every reason to believe in him. "Even when he doesn't have great stuff, he competes," Larry Bowa said yesterday after the Phillies' 4-3 exhibition victory over the Detroit...
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June 21, 2002 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Minnesota Twins, opening their three-game series at Veterans Stadium tonight, will feature a player who has quietly become one of the game's best centerfielders. Say hello to Torii Hunter, who may be the best unknown player in the majors. Fans who follow National League teams probably don't know much about Hunter, a fast-rising 26-year-old who last season his won first Gold Glove Award. Phillies manager Larry Bowa can fill you in. Bowa was a third-base coach with the Anaheim Angels (1999)
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March 8, 2004 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The most important event in the Phillies' universe today won't take place at Bright House Networks Field, where the Phillies will host the Boston Red Sox in front of a sellout crowd. While the Phils and Red Sox tango under the sun in Florida, Jim Thome will be in Philadelphia having his broken right middle finger examined by hand specialist Randall Culp. The results of the examination are expected to determine whether Thome will need to have a pin inserted in the finger. If he doesn't, he could be back in three weeks, making him ready to start the season April 5 in Pittsburgh.
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May 27, 2003 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Is it more than just a slump? Is it worse? Phillies manager Larry Bowa wonders whether it is. "I've been on teams when we struggled for one week, two weeks," Bowa said Sunday in Montreal. "Fifty games is a long streak. Fifty games makes you think maybe it might be one of those things where guys are just having off years. " The Phillies were 14th in the National League in hitting at .247 and tied for 12th in home runs with 44 before yesterday's games. They were sixth in runs with 236 (4.72 per game)
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October 29, 1996 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The interviews have been done. The words have all been spoken. Now the time has come for general manager Lee Thomas to decide whom he wants to be the next manager of the Phillies. Thomas met with Larry Bowa yesterday for the second time, completing his second wave of interviews with the three finalists: Bowa, Hal McRae and Terry Francona. So now comes the hard part. "It's going to be a difficult decision," Thomas said yesterday. "Hopefully, we'll make it in the next two or three days, but it's tough.
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March 6, 2002 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He has 11 more career starts and five more wins than Brandon Duckworth. He went 2-0 with a 1.93 earned run average in his two starts against Atlanta last season. Erase his three disastrous outings against the New York Mets and he would have been 6-4 with a 3.18 ERA. That's not a bad resume righthander David Coggin handed manager Larry Bowa and the Phillies at the start of this spring training. Bowa and company decided they needed to see more before handing Coggin the ball every fifth day. They decided Coggin needed to prove himself here in the Grapefruit League before getting the job as the team's fifth starter.
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October 8, 2002 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joe Kerrigan is the front-runner to replace Vern Ruhle as the Phillies' pitching coach. It remains to be seen whether the Phillies are Kerrigan's favorite choice. After a three-hour interview with the Phillies yesterday at Veterans Stadium, Kerrigan walked away impressed but said he still planned to talk with other teams before making a decision about where he will work next season. "We had a good conversation," Kerrigan said from his suburban Philadelphia home. "We exchanged a lot of good baseball ideas.
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August 23, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Darnell Sweeney was getting ready to lead off and play center field in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night when he learned he was scratched from the lineup of the Dodgers' triple-A club. It didn't take much more than a scroll through Twitter to learn the reason. Sweeney's manager later officially alerted him that he had been traded to the Phillies. If that wasn't enough news, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called 20 minutes later and told Sweeney he was getting his first major-league promotion.
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July 29, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE NARRATIVE surrounding Ryne Sandberg since his resignation as Phillies manager a month ago seems to lack the appropriate outrage. After all, how could a man walk away from a once-in-a-lifetime job? Perhaps there was an underlying family issue. Perhaps Sandberg has a personality disorder, or some ingrained shortcoming, that made the daily grind of major league leadership too much to bear. The Phillies visited the Cubs this weekend, the organization with which Sandberg became a Hall of Fame second baseman . . . and the organization that, after four years of watching him do splendid work in the minors, refused to give him a chance at managing in the major leagues.
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July 18, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The fly ball left Joe Torre's bat and landed in Willie Montanez's glove in Busch Stadium's center field. By then, the astonishing had become routine. This was Aug. 5, 1972, and Montanez's catch completed a 5-0 victory for the Phillies, in a tidy 108 minutes, over the St. Louis Cardinals - Steve Carlton's 17th win that year, his sixth shutout, just another night of brilliance during one of the most brilliant seasons of starting pitching in Major League Baseball history. But there's an interesting footnote to that game that's revealed if you review its box score nearly 43 years later.
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July 4, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
At 73, Dick Allen finally looked his age. Representing the Phillies at a June public event, it was clear the Wampum Walloper's sinewy body was softening at last. The sweatpants he inexplicably wore revealed a slight belly. His hair, now white as a fresh home uniform, resembled Don King's. And though a pair of Jackie O-sized sunglasses obscured much of his face, they couldn't hide the weariness. It seemed that all the "what ifs", which 46 years after he left the Phillies following the 1969 season, still cling like sinkers to his legacy, had become too much to bear.
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March 7, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
TAMPA, Fla. - Larry Bowa tapped his knuckles on the wooden bench in the visitors' dugout at Steinbrenner Field Wednesday morning before answering the question. "For some reason," he said, "I've never had arm problems. I always threw. I remember throwing in Little League with my dad who was an excellent baseball player. The one thing we did every day was throw the baseball. " Bowa, at 69, is still throwing it. In fact, you will not find an older man in baseball still throwing batting practice.
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July 3, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
THE YEAR was 1996. The first full season after baseball's debilitating strike. The Philadelphia Phillies, the last full 162-game season National League champions, sent out a roster of well-regarded thirtysomethings - some holdovers from '93, some not. It was hoped that Benito Santiago, Gregg Jefferies and Todd Zeile would refresh the team that had stumbled in the two previous seasons pockmarked by a baseball strike, a team that still included Darren...
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June 18, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - All across the Phillies clubhouse Monday afternoon, Tony Gwynn's presence endured. There was Ryne Sandberg, who played alongside Gwynn in 10 All-Star Games. Larry Bowa managed Gwynn for two seasons in San Diego. Jimmy Rollins and Marlon Byrd were tutored there one winter by Gwynn. And the Hall of Famer's son, Tony Jr., is their teammate. He flew Sunday night with the Phillies to Atlanta, was awakened Monday by the message every child dreads, and departed to grieve. The Phillies mourned by celebrating Gwynn's many legacies, one of which is Tony Jr. His No. 19 Phillies jersey hung in the dugout Monday night.
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June 5, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Minutes after Ryne Sandberg held a brief team meeting to emphasize the magnitude of the next week, a Phillies public relations employee handed the manager a cellphone. Sandberg scrolled down the screen. Then he marched to the visitors dugout at Nationals Park to face reporters. He looked irritated. "I'm fired up," Sandberg said. "Ready for another ball game to get ready to move in another direction. There was a lot to be learned from the series we had. " Larry Bowa, Sandberg's bench coach and confidant, agreed.
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June 4, 2014
"[The fans are] very frustrated. I think they're more frustrated at the way we lose. And they should be. That's not big-league baseball, what we've been doing at home. That's not big-league baseball. Larry Bowa
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February 28, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Before the handshake with Larry Bowa, the oddest thing about the man with two young kids standing near the home dugout at Bright House Field was the piece of paper dangling from his neck. "Scott Rolen, Philadelphia Phillies," read the items under "name" and "affiliation" on the 38-year-old's guest pass. Rolen, the National League Rookie of the Year with the Phillies in 1997, watched his former team take batting practice yesterday morning prior to the first Grapefruit League game of the spring.
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