Bowa named senior advisor to GM

Former coach, manager, player has spent 33 of 52 years with Phillies

Bowa named senior advisor to GM

PHILADELPHIA -- Larry Bowa will continue his Phillies career in a front-office role.

Bowa was named a senior advisor to general manager Matt Klentak on Friday, and is most likely to use his expertise not only to work with the organization's infielders, but scout amateur infielders in advance of the Draft.

Bowa, 71, has spent 52 years in professional baseball as a player, coach, manager and TV analyst. He has spent 33 years with the Phillies. After the Phillies announced last month that Pete Mackanin would not return as manager, Bowa, who was Mackanin's bench coach, said his top priority was to remain in the organization.

"Philadelphia has been my home for the last four decades and I bleed Phillies red," Bowa said on Friday. "Whether it is at the Major or Minor League level, my No. 1 goal is to help the Phillies organization bring home another championship for our fans."

Bowa 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," Klentak said. "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 was 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.

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 more than 40 years.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.