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Larry Bowa confirms he interviewed for Astros manager job

Sep 18, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

Larry Bowa

Larry Bowa was in Houston last week meeting with the Astros, but the team declined to say what exactly it was about other than general manager Jeff Luhnow saying “baseball-related matters.”

Bowa was more forthcoming yesterday, admitting that he was indeed there to interview for the manager job. That means Bowa is now one of five known candidates for the gig, along with interim manager Tony DeFrancesco, Nationals third base coach Bo Porter, Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar, and Rays bench coach Dave Martinez.

Bowa stands out from that group because he’s 66 years old and has tons of managing experience, going 81-127 (.389) with the Padres from 1987-1988 and 337-308 (.522) with the Phillies from 2001-2004. He also stands out because he’d seemingly be an odd choice for the Astros’ analytical, sabermetrically inclined front office.

Bowa, who’s currently working for MLB Network as a television analyst, called his meeting with the Astros “a good interview” and “a good conversation.”

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    I like Larry. He’s a smart baseball guy, and has a lot of fire under his belly. I think a young team like Houston, especially a young team transitioning leagues, could use some experienced leadership as much as anything else.

  2. stex52 - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    He sounds like a good fall back for when all of the higher choice statistics-oriented guys come to their senses. The time to want that job is Spring 2015. Whoever takes it now is going to take a whipping.

  3. Bob Timmermann - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Larry Bowa’s primary attribute is yelling at people. Aside from that, I’ve never seen him get any reputation for instruction or developing talent.

    But he yells!

    And he’s got fire in the belly.

    Or maybe that’s a peptic ulcer.

  4. xmatt0926x - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    I’m a Philies fan. I respect the hell out of the old bastard, but this just doesn’t seem to make sense. Yeah, he’s old school and I guess you could say he would try to teach a bunch of young guys “how to play the game the right way”. The problem is that he’s famous for his lack of patience with players. Let’s face it, the players in San Diego and Philly went in full mutiny mode on him during his time there as manager. This was 10-15 years apart so it’s not like he learned his lesson in San Diego. It’s easy to say that the players today are too soft and they need a kick in the ass sometimes but there is a fine balance that’s needed and Larry hasn’t shown that in either of his two managerial stops. Hope it works out for him though. Whoever takes that job is pretty much a sacrificial lamb for four or five years.

  5. hushbrother - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Just what a team with no star players and no hope of contending for years needs, an intense, high-pressure manager.

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