According to reports, the Miami Marlins are planning to interview Larry Bowa as a potential candidate for their open managerial position.
Bowa, who previously managed the Philadelphia Phillies from 2001 through 2004, won the Sporting News NL Manager of the Year award for leading the Phillies to 86 wins in ’01, just a year after they had finished in last place with nearly 100 losses. Bowa also managed the San Diego Padres from 1987 to 1988.
Bowa is a former player who spent 16 seasons as a shortstop for the Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and New York Mets. During his playing days, Bowa won two Gold Gloves and made five NL All-Star teams, helping the Phillies win the 1980 World Series and finishing with over 2,000 hits in his career.
If Bowa gets the Marlins job, he will be replacing former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who lasted just one season in Miami. Guillen had signed a four-year deal with the club in the off-season but managed them to just a 69-93 record in a season in which they were expected to compete for the NL East title.
Bowa is the second manager to interview for the Marlins’ open head coaching job, as Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Brian Price had interviewed for the role earlier in the week.