Larry Bowa, Juan Samuel to Return to Phillies in 2016
It turns out Larry Bowa won't be managing in 2016, after all.
The Phillies announced today that Bowa has agreed to a contract for the upcoming 2016 season.
Also, agreeing to a contract is first base coach Juan Samuel.
Bowa will return to his duties as bench coach beside manager Pete Mackanin, while Samuel will now assume third base coach duties. Bowa, 69, will be in uniform for his 51st year associated with MLB and his 32nd with the Phillies. Samuel, 54, has been a member of the Phillies coaching staff since 2011.
Bowa was rumored to be a candidate for the Miami Marlins vacancy, having interviewed multiple times for the position. Former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is a rumored favorite for that job, however.
As previously announced, Steve Henderson (hitting) and Bob McClure (pitching) have also agreed to contracts for the 2016 season. Additionally, Rick Kranitz (bullpen) and John McLaren (catching) were each hired and will spend their first season with the Phillies.
The Phillies will now be looking for a first base coach.