Larry Bowa’s long speculated return to the Phillies organization is moving closer to becoming a reality.
A baseball source tells CSNPhilly.com that Bowa is nearing an agreement to become the club’s new bench coach.
Bowa has previously had three tours of duty with the Phillies as an All-Star shortstop coach and manager.
The 67-year-old Bowa is a close friend and confidant of new Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. They were traded together from the Phillies to the Chicago Cubs in 1982 and played side-by-side in the Cubs’ infield. Sandberg has long credited Bowa for being a positive mentor as he learned to play second base -- and become a Hall of Famer -- in Chicago.
The Phillies have three openings on their coaching staff: Bench coach pitching coach and third base coach. Catching coach Mick Billmeyer served as the de facto bench coach in 2013. His contract was not renewed. Pitching coach Rich Dubee’s contract was not renewed after nine seasons. Juan Samuel served as the temporary thi...