Phillies name former coach Bowa senior advisor

Oct 14, 2017 - 12:07 AM The Philadelphia Phillies named Larry Bowa as the team's senior advisor to general manager Matt Klentak on Friday.

Bowa served as the team's bench coach and infield instructor over the last four seasons. The 71-year-old spent 33 of his 52 seasons with the Phillies, including as the starting shortstop during their World Series championship year in 1980.

"Philadelphia has been my home for the last four decades and I bleed Phillies red," said Bowa, who also managed the Phillies from 2001-04 and won National League Manager of the Year honors in 2001.

"Whether it is at the major or minor league level, my No. 1 goal is to help the Phillies organization bring home another championship for our fans."

Bowa was originally signed by the Phillies in 1966 and played from 1970-81 with the club. Following his playing career, Bowa was third-base coach for the Phillies from 1988-96.

"Larry Bowa is a genuine Phillies icon and he has made enormous contributions to this franchise during his 33 years in uniform," Klentak said. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for what Larry has accomplished throughout his baseball career and I am thrilled that he has agreed to continue to impact the organization in this new role."

Bowa also managed the San Diego Padres for parts of two seasons (1987-88) and coached for the then-Anaheim Angels (1997-99), Seattle Mariners (2000), New York Yankees (2006-07) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-10).

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