Larry Bowa has been offered the job of third base coach for the Yankees next season, the former Phillies manager told MLB.com on Thursday.
Bowa, who has been working this season as a baseball commentator for ESPN and XM Radio, said he has had several conversations in the past two days with Yankees manager Joe Torre and general manager Brian Cashman, and he expects to speak to Cashman again this weekend.
Bowa said he hasn’t made up his mind about whether he wants to take the position.
“We’re still talking,” he said.
Well, he has a ton of experience coaching third. And, he has some fire in him. He might just add something to the equation.
But, I’m not sure of the Torre connection. When Bowa was with the Angels, Torre was already in New York. So, it’s not like they crossed there. They did play against each other for 8 years. Could that be it?
I wonder if Tim McCarver has anything to do with this? Joe and Tim were tight from their St. Louis days. And, Timmy played with Bowa for a long time in Philly. That’s the best connection that I can think of now.
If Bowa turns it down, would they offer it to Wally Backman next? Crazy? Hey, how many saw the Bowa offer coming?