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Bowa, Samuel return to Phillies' coaching staff

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin only needs a first-base coach at this point.

He announced Tuesday that Larry Bowa and Juan Samuel have agreed to contracts through the 2016 season. Bowa will return as the Phillies' bench coach, while Samuel will be the third-base coach.

Bowa had been a candidate for the Marlins' managerial vacancy, but that job could be headed to Don Mattingly.

The team announced last week that Rick Kranitz and John McLaren will be the bullpen coach and catching coach, respectively. Hitting coach Steve Henderson and pitching coach Bob McClure previously agreed to contracts for next season. The Phillies will not have an assistant hitting coach, like they had the previous three seasons.

They still need a first-base coach, who could be hired after this week's organizational meetings in Clearwater, Fla.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.
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