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So much for that: Larry Bowa out of running for Astros job

Sep 18, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Just hours after confirming that he interviewed for the Astros’ managerial opening Larry Bowa told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that he’s already out of the running for the job.

Bowa called it “a super interview” and came away “very impressed” with general manager Jeff Luhnow, but Rosenthal writes that both sides “agreed that the team needs to go with someone younger.”

Bowa is 66 years old and hasn’t managed since 2004, when the Phillies fired him late in the season.

In addition to Bowa the other known candidates to interview with the Astros are interim manager Tony DeFrancesco, Nationals third base coach Bo Porter, Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar, and Rays bench coach Dave Martinez.

  1. shawnuel - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Luhnow must have suddenly realized he was interviewing Larry Bowa!

  2. stex52 - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Given the rest of the notes here today, it is a little speculative to assume just what Luhnow does and doesn’t know.

  3. uyf1950 - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Larry Bowa would be an excellent replacement for Bobby Valentine when he gets fired at the end of the year. My only concern or reservation is I like Bowa and I wouldn’t wish the Red Sox on anyone that was even remotely competent.

    • mazblast - Sep 19, 2012 at 12:07 AM

      A hyper guy like Bowa managing in BOSTON of all places? The mind boggles.

      Getting back to the subject–The Astros need a manager who is young enough to relate to the players, but old enough to know how to command respect. Smart enough to know how to push the players’ buttons and wise enough to rarely do it.

  4. delawarephilliesfan - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Great guy, great teacher, but Astros Manager? NO WAY! He is too emoptional to put up with a 105 loss team. Hell, he is too emotional to put up with a 50 loss team!

  5. ncphilliesguy - Sep 18, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    The Phils need to bring Bo back in some capacity, if he wants to come back. That MLB Network gig looks pretty sweet. He should not be considered as a manager for the Astros or Phils, although I love him, he is far too honest and confrontational for today’s ballplayer.

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