Bowa rejoins Phillies, but Joyner will not return

Bowa rejoins Phillies, but Joyner will not return
October 8, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Larry Bowa led the Phillies to three winning seasons during his four-year managerial stint. (AP)

Updated 1:30 p.m.

The Phillies’ coaching staff for 2014 is taking shape -- and with some familiar faces.
 
Larry Bowa, who played shortstop for the team for 12 seasons and later managed the club from 2001 to 2004, returns as bench coach under new manager Ryne Sandberg.
 
Pete Mackanin, the team’s bench coach from 2009 to 2012, returns to the organization after a one-year hiatus. He will be the third-base coach.
 
The Phillies also announced Monday that hitting coach Steve Henderson would return for 2014. However, highly regarded assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner has chosen not to return. Joyner received high marks for his work in 2013. He could be in a line for a more prominent role in another organization.
 
The Phillies are still without a pitching coach. Rod Nichols, the bullpen coach in 2013, could be a candidate for that job. He also could return to the bullpen in 2014. The organization would only say that Nichols and Juan Samuel, another member of the staff in 2013, were under consideration for roles on the 2014 staff.
 
Bowa, 67, is back for his fourth tour of duty with the Phillies. He was an all-star, Gold Glove and World Series-winning shortstop for the club. He was third base coach for the 1993 NL championship team and managed the club for four seasons, winning NL manager of the year accolades in 2001.
 
Bowa has previously coached for the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and Anaheim Angels. The Yankees, Dodgers and Mariners all made the playoffs during his time with those clubs.
 
Bowa has deep ties with Sandberg (see story). The two were traded together from the Phillies to the Cubs in 1982. Bowa was a veteran at the time and Sandberg was a youngster. Sandberg, who went on to become a Hall of Fame second baseman, has long credited Bowa for being a positive mentor.
 
Mackanin, 62, spent last season working as a scout for the New York Yankees.