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Astros meeting with Larry Bowa about … something

Sep 14, 2012, 1:48 PM EST

Larry Bowa

Nationals third base coach Bo Porter traveled to Houston yesterday and became the first known candidate to interview for the Astros’ managerial opening.

MLB Network analyst and former Phillies manager Larry Bowa is in Houston today talking to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, although it’s not clear if he’s interviewing for the manager job or something else.

Asked by Brian McTaggart of about the meeting, Luhnow said it was to “exchange baseball ideas” and “Larry is here to meet with me on some baseball related matters.”

It’s unlikely that the Astros would interview Bowa for a non-manager coaching job, since whoever they end up hiring as manager would surely want to assemble his own staff. It’s also possible that Luhnow is talking to Bowa about a front office or scouting position.

Bowa has tons of coaching and managing experience, including a Manager of the Year award from 2001, but he’s 66 years old and hasn’t managed since being fired by Philadelphia late in the 2004 season and has been doing television work since 2011.

  1. Tom Emanski - Sep 14, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    I’m still waiting to get my call from the Astros.

    • someguyinva - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      Do the job requirements include being able to throw a baseball from the outfield into a garbage can lying on its side?

      • Tom Emanski - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        That’s my training park, and that cyllindrical tube was permanently fixed to the backstop by design.

      • someguyinva - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        If you really are Tom Emanski, then I apologize for being snarky.

        (For what it’s worth, I never bought the DVD, but it seemed like that drill was probably quite useful.)

  2. stex52 - Sep 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Are you kidding? The Astros need to hire at least 14 more Vice Presidents in charge of the same job for their analysis group. Then they need 40 department heads, at least 200 sub-department heads, 800 special assistants to the General Manager, 14,000 assistants the President of Operations (1500 will be desinnated “special”. The rest will just sulk) They need 4 Vice Presidents of redundancy and 200 assistants each for them. They have 35 jobs open for “Staring at Computer Screens All Day.” And 5 private detectives to track every move Bill James makes.

    Who has time to hire a manager?

    • badintent - Sep 15, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      LOL ! This is one of the all -time best posts ! Now get Gordon Gecko to fire them all when he takes over the company. Wall Street Rocks !

  3. Joe - Sep 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    “It’s unlikely that the Astros would interview Bowa for a non-manager coaching job, since whoever they end up hiring as manager would surely want to assemble his own staff. ”

    Don’t be so sure! The Red Sox hired some of their coaches without Bobby V’s input, and it’s worked out swimmingly for them!

    • paperlions - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Many organizations hire coaches without the manager’s input (or at least without giving him carte blanche to hire whoever he wants)…the minor and major league parts of organizations are more integrated now, and organizations want to make sure that they have guys with the same approach and buying into the same concepts/approaches at all levels.

  4. umrguy42 - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    In all seriousness, especially with Luhnow there, I’d be somewhat surprised if Cardinals’ 3B coach Jose Oquendo *doesn’t* interview with them at some point.

  5. billymc75 - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Why won’t these teams talk to Sanberg or Billy Ripken, it’s seems everyone wants a retread, go new direction like Tex did, hire baseball players to manage not a bunch of geezers. If your going to retread coach hire Francona at least he’s won.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      go new direction like Tex did, hire baseball players to manage not a bunch of geezers

      Umm, Ron Washington was a coach for the Mets for 5 years, then with Oakland for 10+ (and is famously in Moneyball to help Hatteberg convert to first) and Mike Maddux has been a pitching coach since he retired in ’00.

  6. motherscratcher23 - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    This has Goldstein’s fingerprints all over it.

    Dude’s already shaking things up.

  7. mazblast - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    If I were the general manager of a rebuilding team, one of the many things I would not want is a manager who flips out every time things go wrong. Bowa is that kind of manager. Patience is the key, and Bowa has repeatedly proven he doesn’t have any.

  8. badintent - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Bowa would be the worst choice. His temper is border line bi-polar and he has been a polarizing element on all teams he has worked for. Typical short man, short dick complex. A bargain basement knockoff of Billy Martin, without the rings.

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