Phillies Name Bowa Senior Advisor to General Manager

The Phillies have named Larry Bowa as senior advisor to the general manager, Vice President & General Manager Matt Klentak announced today. Bowa had spent the previous four seasons as the team's bench coach and infield instructor.

October 13th, 2017

The Phillies have named Larry Bowa as senior advisor to the general manager, Vice President & General Manager Matt Klentak announced today. Bowa had spent the previous four seasons as the team's bench coach and infield instructor.

Bowa, 71, has spent 52 years in professional baseball as a player, coach, manager and analyst. Of those 52 years, 33 have been with the Phillies. He was originally signed by the Phillies in 1966 and played 12 years (1970-81) for the club. He was a part of four Phillies playoff teams (1976-78, 1980), which included the 1980 World Series champions.

"Larry Bowa is a genuine Phillies icon and he has made enormous contributions to this franchise during his 33 years in uniform," said Klentak. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for what Larry has accomplished throughout his baseball career and I am thrilled that he has agreed to continue to impact the organization in this new role."

Following his playing career, Bowa served as third base coach for the Phillies for nine seasons (1988-96) and managed the team for four years (2001-04), including the final game at Veterans Stadium and the first at Citizens Bank Park. In 2001, he won National League Manager of the Year. He returned to the Phillies prior to the 2014 season as bench coach.

"Philadelphia has been my home for the last four decades and I bleed Phillies red," said Bowa. "Whether it is at the major or minor league level, my number one goal is to help with the Phillies organization bring home another championship for our fans."

 In addition to the Phillies, Bowa has coached for the Anaheim Angels (1997-99), Seattle Mariners (2000), New York Yankees (2006-07) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-10), working under managers Lou Piniella, Terry Collins, Don Mattingly and Hall of Famer Joe Torre. Overall, he coached on six teams that went to the playoffs. Bowa also managed the San Diego Padres for parts of two seasons (1987-88).

A native of Sacramento, Calif., Bowa has been a resident of the Philadelphia area for over 40 years.