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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 22, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Two months ago, the Phillies were in Minnesota and Cesar Hernandez was banished to the bench. Manager Pete Mackanin summoned his henchman. Larry Bowa, the 70-year-old bench coach, accompanied Hernandez to a batting cage. Get on top of the ball, Bowa told him. Hit it on the ground. Keep it out of the air. Hernandez, as Mackanin remembered it, smiled at Bowa. The second baseman thought the fiery baseball lifer was kidding. Bowa made his point a little clearer in uncertain terms.
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August 16, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
A door opened in Cincinnati earlier this season that created a window for the Phillies next season. In case you missed it, the Reds, with a blessing from Major League Baseball that had been absent for more than a quarter of a century, inducted Pete Rose into their Hall of Fame in late June. It was the right thing for commissioner Rob Manfred to do and the logical next step for the Phillies is to use the previously blocked opportunity to put Rose into their equivalent of the Reds Hall of Fame.
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March 29, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Ruben Amaro Jr. stood in center field on Sunday morning, appearing to be as far as possible from his past life. The former Phillies general manager wore a uniform and carried a bat as the Red Sox finished batting practice at JetBlue Park, continuing his transition from the front office to the first base coach's box. Amaro wanted to stay in baseball when the Phillies fired him in September. He latched on a month later with Boston. And Sunday was his first encounter with his former team.
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March 5, 2016 | By Matt Breen and Mike Sielski, STAFF WRITERS
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Nick Williams spent most of the last three days in bed with a fever and a sinus infection. The Phillies prospect was allowed to come back on Wednesday, but just to throw for a bit before the team told him to rest some more. His wait to play this spring ended Thursday afternoon as he played all nine innings of a 3-2 loss to Houston. Williams singled and walked twice. He brought a patient approach to the plate after walking just three times in 100 plate appearances last season at double-A Reading.
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February 27, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - J.P. Crawford shuffled into the Phillies clubhouse Thursday morning, stashed a pair of bats in his locker, changed his shoes, grabbed his glove, and hustled outside. His instructor was waiting. The team's top prospect had arrived at the ballpark an hour earlier; he was one of the first position players there. Crawford stretched, lifted weights, and took batting practice. Now, the player the team hopes will blossom into a great shortstop headed to a side field to practice his defense under the tutelage of Larry Bowa, the first great shortstop in team history.
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February 9, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Larry Bowa is 70 years old and proof that age is just a number. It's a number that makes a lot of us with vibrant memories of the fiery shortstop feel old, but it is still somewhat soothing to know that Bowa, at 70, is in the same place he was at 20. Well, not exactly the same place. At 20, after being signed as an undrafted player by Phillies scout Eddie Bockman, the Sacramento, Calif., native made his first trip to spring training in 1966. At the time, the Phillies' minor-leaguers trained in Leesburg, Fla., a two-hour drive from the big-league camp in Clearwater.
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October 29, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LARRY BOWA appears to no longer be in the running for the Miami Marlins managing job. The Phillies announced Tuesday that both Bowa and Juan Samuel had agreed to contracts to rejoin manager Pete Mackanin's coaching staff in 2016. Bowa had reportedly interviewed twice with Miami this month. But Don Mattingly has been heavily rumored to be atop the Marlins' wish list after he was let go by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week. Samuel, like Bowa, has previous managing experience.
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August 28, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Larry Bowa said Wednesday that he expects a letter from Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's discipline czar, after the Phillies bench coach's ejection from Tuesday's loss to the New York Mets. Bowa had not received word about a potential suspension or fine as of two hours before Wednesday night's first pitch at Citizens Bank Park. Major League Baseball, according to a spokesman, was "reviewing the circumstances" of the ejection. The action by home plate umpire Dan Bellino stemmed from Bowa and the Phillies taking issue with a quick pitch from Mets reliever Hansel Robles, who began to pitch while Darin Ruf's head was down.
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August 28, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The moment Larry Bowa came out of the dugout, grabbed Jeff Francoeur, and put himself between the player and the umpires in the seventh inning Tuesday night, Bowa was pretty sure what would happen next. "I know I'm going to get run," Bowa said. If anyone has a good working knowledge of what it takes to be ejected from a baseball game, it is Bowa. The amazing part of Tuesday's ejection, which he earned and then some, is that it was Bowa's only one since returning to Philadelphia as bench coach under Ryne Sandberg for the 2014 season.
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August 28, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Columnist
THE PLAYERS had retreated to their respective benches. Calm had been restored, the Phillies retired in order to end the seventh inning. Hanging over the dugout rail, Jeff Francoeur had already washed away an unfamiliar angry face with his more familiar happy face when Cameron Rupp returned from warming up the pitcher with one final message from harassed plate umpire Dan Bellino. "He said, 'Tell Frenchy we all love him,' " Francoeur was saying at his locker before last night's game.
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