Larry Bowa

Larry Bowa
Dodgers coach Larry Bowa wearing a batting helmet, spring training 2008.jpg
Bowa with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008
Philadelphia Phillies - No. 10
Shortstop / Manager / Coach
Born: (1945-12-06) December 6, 1945 (age 71)
Sacramento, California
Batted: SwitchThrew: Right
MLB debut
April 7, 1970, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1985, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Batting average.260
Home runs15
Runs batted in525
Managerial record418-435
Winning %.490

As player

  • Philadelphia Phillies (1970-1981)
  • Chicago Cubs (1982-1985)
  • New York Mets (1985)

As manager

  • San Diego Padres (1987-1988)
  • Philadelphia Phillies (2001-2004)

As coach

  • Philadelphia Phillies (1989-1996)
  • Anaheim Angels (1997-1999)
  • Seattle Mariners (2000)
  • New York Yankees (2006-2007)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-2010)
  • Philadelphia Phillies (2014-present)
Career highlights and awards
  • 5ח All-Star (1974-1976, 1978, 1979)
  • World Series champion (1980)
  • 2ח Gold Glove Award (1972, 1978)
  • NL Manager of the Year (2001)
  • Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame


MLB debut Apr 7, 1970, for the Philadelphia Phillies Last MLB appearance Oct 6, 1985, for the NY Mets MLB figures Batting typical .260 Hits 2,191 House runs 15 Works batted in 525 Managerial record 418–435 Being successful % .490 Groups As participant Philadelphia Phillies (1970–1981) Chicago Cubs (1982–1985) NY Mets (1985) As manager NORTH PARK Padres (1987–1988) Philadelphia Phillies (2001–2004) As coach Philadelphia Phillies (1989–1996) Anaheim Angels (1997–1999) Seattle Mariners (2000) NY Yankees (2006–2007) LA Dodgers (2008–2010) Philadelphia Phillies (2014–present) Profession highlights and awards 5

Early life

Bowa was created in Sacramento, California, the boy of Paul Bowa, a former minor-league infielder and supervisor in the St. Louis Cardinals plantation program. While at C. K. McClatchy SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, Bowa used but never produced the school's football group. After graduation, Bowa visited Sacramento City University where he began, and was likely to go ahead the MLB Draft, but didn't. The Philadelphia Phillies had been the only Main League team thinking about Bowa. They delivered an area scout, Eddie Bockman to view Bowa play inside a doubleheader, limited to Bowa to become trashed of the overall game for arguing. Bockman got a winter group team in the region and provided Bowa an opportunity to play. Bowa performed well and agreed upon using the Phillies for the $2,000 reward.

Playing career

Seen as a his "soft" hands, strong equip, and fiery personality, he gained two Gold Glove Honours and led the Country wide Group in fielding percentage six instances, then a group record. He retired using the NL record for profession video games at shortstop (2222) as well as the Main League information for fielding typical in a profession (.980) and an individual period (.991, in 1979), and was also among the profession leaders in helps (sixth, 6857) and increase has (fourth, 1265); his information have got since been damaged, though he keeps the NL indicate for job fielding average.Aside from his fielding accomplishments, he was a switch-hitter, batting .280 or better four moments (.305 in 1975); he also acquired nine periods with 20 or even more taken bases. From his 1970 first year period through 1981, Bowa supplied solid dependability in the Phillies' infield, along with third baseman Mike Schmidt; from 1976 to 1981, the Phillies reached the postseason five moments, finishing a drought dating back again 25 % of a hundred years. Bowa batted .333 within a losing cause in the 1978 NLCS, but played a much greater function in 1980, striking .316 in the NLCS and .375 in the World Series as the Phillies captured the first title in franchise history. In 1979, Bowa established a Major Group record for shortstops using a .991 fielding ordinary; Tony Fernández broke the record using a .992 tag in 1989, and Rey Ordóñez broke the NL record using a .994 average in 1999. He linked Ozzie Smith for one of the most post-1930 periods with at least 400 at-bats no home operates, with six.By the finish from the 1981 period, Bowa had exhausted his welcome using the Phillies' front office, and allow it be known he was available. The Chicago Cubs, who acquired just hired previous Phillies supervisor Dallas Green as general supervisor, quickly expressed curiosity. Nevertheless, Green, who acquired maintained the 1980 globe champions, understood that Bowa didn't possess many years still left, and demanded a first year third baseman called Ryne Sandberg as part of the trade. In exchange, the Phillies received shortstop Iván DeJesús. The trade paid immensely for the Cubs, as Bowa's experienced command and Sandberg's excellent all-around play (on the way to a Hall of Popularity profession) brought the Cubs towards the postseason in 1984 for the very first time in 39 years.At the start from the 1985 period, Bowa lost the Cubs' beginning shortstop job to Shawon Dunston, which still left the 39-year-old Bowa discontented using the Cubs' organization; after getting the NORTH PARK Padres' supervisor in 1987, Bowa vented his frustrations using the Cubs within an autobiography, entitled "Bleep!" After released with the Cubs in August 1985, Bowa performed the final month of the growing season with the brand new York Mets before retiring. He was a .260 career hitter with 15 house runs, 525 RBI, 2191 hits, 987 runs, 262 doubles, 99 triples, and 318 stolen bases in 2247 games. His NL information for career video games at shortstop & most years leading the group in fielding had been later damaged by Ozzie Smith; his Main Group record for job fielding average continues to be damaged by Omar Vizquel.

Managing, coaching, and broadcasting career

NORTH PARK PadresAfter retiring, Bowa was named manager from the Las Vegas Superstars, the Triple-A affiliate from the NORTH PARK Padres, for the 1986 season. In Bowa's just period on the helm, the Superstars went 80-62 on the way towards the Pacific Coastline League tournament. Bowa was employed to control the Padres on Oct 28, 1986, just a little more than a 12 months after playing in his last MLB video game. His aggressive and frequently angry style coupled with an extremely youthful and inexperienced roster resulted in a down 1987 time of year in NORTH PARK, so when higher anticipations for the 1988 group (primarily engendered by those youthful players showing significantly improved shows in the next half from the 1987 time of year as well as the 1988 springtime training slate) weren't fulfilled, he was terminated on, may 28, 1988 with a standard record of 81-127 as the club's skipper. Third Foundation CoachBowa returned towards the Phillies as the team's third foundation trainer on August 11, 1988 and remained there through the 1996 time of year. In 1993, he and John Vukovich became the 1st two Phillies in franchise background to visit the Globe Series using the golf club as both a new player and trainer (Vukovich was Bowa's teammate around the 1980 Globe Champions and was the bench trainer for the '93 Country wide Little league champs. Milt Thompson, an outfielder for the 1993 golf club, would end up being the third person in this group when he offered as hitting trainer for the 2008 Globe Champions and 2009 Country wide League Champions).When Jim Fregosi was fired simply because Phillies manager following 1996 period, Bowa was among the applicants to interview for the vacant position, which eventually visited Terry Francona. Bowa after that joined up with the Anaheim Angels as their third bottom trainer, where he offered from 1997 to 1999 before spending the 2000 period in the same capability using the Seattle Mariners. Handling the PhilliesAfter being passed over for the work four years previously, Bowa was named manager from the Phillies on November 1, 2000. Overtaking a group that had opted 65-97 in 2000, Bowa led the membership to a unexpected 86-76 tag in 2001, two video games behind the Country wide League East Champ Atlanta Braves. Bowa was honored as Country wide League Supervisor of the entire year and in addition received the Showing off News NL Supervisor of the entire year Award that season. Furthermore, he was voted the Football Prospectus Internet Football Awards NL Supervisor of the entire year in '01.Despite a guaranteeing first season on the helm, Bowa's Phillies could under no circumstances quite build from the 2001 club's amazing success. A unsatisfactory 80-81 marketing campaign in 2002 will be the franchise's last dropping time of year until 2013. The 2003 and 2004 months noticed the Phillies end with similar information of 86-76, as well as the previous season was designated by substantial turmoil with Bowa having clashes with such players as Tyler Houston and Pat Burrell. Though reputable, a lot more was anticipated from the golf club in those second option two promotions and Bowa was terminated with two video games staying in the '04 time of year after failing woefully to reach the postseason or end within 10 video games of 1st place in his last 3 years. Bowa's managerial record using the Phillies was 337-308. ESPN and XM radioBowa spent the 2005 time of year as an analyst for ESPN's Football Tonight and co-hosted a football talk display on XM Radio. NY Yankees and LA DodgersAfter a one-year absence, Bowa came back towards the field as third base coach for the brand new York Yankees in 2006, a posture he held for just two seasons.On November 5, 2007, the LA Dodgers hired Bowa to be the team's third foundation coach, following a hire of fresh supervisor Joe Torre, under whom Bowa had served using the Yankees. Torre became the seventh supervisor to possess Bowa on his personnel as third bottom coach, pursuing Lee Elia, John Vukovich, Nick Leyva, Jim Fregosi, Terry Collins, and Lou Piniella. The Dodgers earned consecutive National Group West game titles in 2008 and 2009, however in both periods were removed in five video games in the NLCS with the Phillies, maintained by Bowa's long lasting successor in Philadelphia, Charlie Manuel.The final outcome of Bowa's tenure using the Dodgers coincided with Torre's retirement by the end from the 2010 season. Back again to the StudioAfter departing the Dodgers, Bowa was a studio analyst for the MLB Network from 2011–13, frequently appearing in the network's daily studio show "MLB Tonight." He also hosted a every week show through the football period with Chris Russo on Sirius XM while sometimes providing postgame evaluation for Phillies video games on WPHL. Go back to CoachingBowa reunited with Joe Torre and served as his bench trainer for the united states team in the 2013 Globe Baseball Basic. He came back to Major Little league Baseball as well as the Phillies by becoming a member of Ryne Sandberg's personnel as bench trainer for the 2014 time of year. Bowa remained using the Phillies as bench trainer under Pete Mackanin, who required over after Sandberg resigned through the 2015 season.

Managerial record

Group From To Regular period record Post–period record Ref. W L Gain % W L Gain % NORTH PARK Padres 1987 1988 81 127 .389 — Philadelphia Phillies 2001 2004 337 308 .522 Total 418 435 .490 0 0 – —

See also

Baseball portal Set of Main League Football annual triples market leaders List of Main League Baseball profession hits leaders Set of Main League Baseball profession stolen bases leaders

Notes and references

^ James, Bill. THE BRAND NEW Bill James Historic Baseball Abstract. Free of charge Press. pp. 619–620. ISBN 0-684-80697-5.   ^ Lewis, Allen. "The Ballplayers – Larry Bowa". Retrieved 2009-01-29.   ^ Torre finalizes USA's Globe Baseball Classic personnel ^ "Larry Bowa". Football Reference. Sports Research. Retrieved Sept 18, 2015.