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Bowa moves on up to front office

A Bowa boost.

It’s time for a daily news report.

From clubhouse to penthouse

Larry Bowa was named senior adviser to the general manager on Friday. It was reported earlier that Bowa, 71, would likely stay in the organization, and this move seems to set him up to be with the Phillies for life.

In the role Bowa will work with young infielders in the organization, mostly as a minor league instructor. That seems like a good fit.

It’s further proof that Matt Klentak indeed wants a fresh look in the dugout. Bowa has been in and out of the clubhouse for the last 20 years; it’ll be interesting to see an entirely new staff of names in charge of the team on the field starting in 2018.


According to this piece at FanRag Sports, an “Indians person” thinks Mickey Callaway – Cleveland’s pitching coach who is likely to interview with the Phillies – will give a phenomenal interview. This is not surprising news to hear.

Also according to the piece, a “Phillies person” thinks Matt Klentak is looking to hire a manager closer to his age (37). I find it hard to believe that Klentak would say that, or that it would be insinuated by the front office. That’s ageism, if he did say that, which is a form of discrimination. If he didn’t say that, whoever this “Phillies person” is would be walking very carefully along the libel line. Anyway, Klentak has interviewed internal candidates Juan Samuel (56), Dusty Wathan (44) and Jorge Velandia (42). I’d imagine most candidates are in the range of ages 40-60 – simply because just about every rumored name we’ve seen happens to be in that age range.

The point is I have a hard time believing that Klentak would dismiss a candidate just because he has his AARP card. If the candidate is analytically inclined, or at least believes that his style can change with the times, he’ll get a fair shot.

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