Larry Bowa, Juan Samuel agree to deals with Phillies
Samuel will coach third base and Bowa will be a bench coach.
LARRY BOWA appears to no longer be in the running for the Miami Marlins managing job.
The Phillies announced Tuesday that both Bowa and Juan Samuel had agreed to contracts to rejoin manager Pete Mackanin's coaching staff in 2016.
Bowa had reportedly interviewed twice with Miami this month. But Don Mattingly has been heavily rumored to be atop the Marlins' wish list after he was let go by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week.
Samuel, like Bowa, has previous managing experience. He had interviewed for the full-time Phillies managing job in September. But team president Andy MacPhail decided to promote then-interim manager Mackanin instead.
Bowa, who turns 70 in December, just finished his 50th big-league season in 2015 as either a coach, manager or player. The 2016 season will be his 32nd in a Phillies uniform. He'll return to his post as Mackanin's bench coach.
Samuel, 54, is also a popular former Phillies player and Wall of Famer. Samuel, who has been on the coaching staff since 2011, will be the team's third-base coach in 2016. Samuel spent the last three seasons coaching first base before moving across the diamond when manager Ryne Sandberg resigned and Mackanin moved from third to the managing job; Samuel previously coached third in 2011-12 (with the Phillies) and in 2007-10 (with the Baltimore Orioles).
The current coaching staff is rounded out by pitching coach Bob McClure, hitting coach Steve Henderson, bullpen coach Rick Kranitz and catching coach John McLaren. Kranitz and McLaren were added to the staff earlier this month, replacing Rod Nichols and John Mizerock.
The Phillies still have one vacancy on Mackanin's staff: first-base coach. One name to keep an eye on: Raul Ibanez.
Ibanez, 43, retired following the 2014 season and was a finalist for the Tampa Bay Rays managing job last fall. Both the Mariners and Yankees are reportedly interested in him for their respective coaching staffs this month.
Ibanez, who played with the Phillies from 2009-11, maintained a home in the Philadelphia area after his stint with the team. He could potentially also fill the role of assistant hitting coach, which became vacant after Mizerock was not asked to return after the season ended earlier this month.