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Phillies reassign Larry Bowa from coaching staff to front office

Another member of the Phillies’ coaching staff is joining the front office. Larry Bowa on Friday was named senior adviser to general manager Matt Klentak. 

Former manager Pete Mackanin was also reassigned to the front office at the beginning of October. 

Bowa, 71, served as the Phillies’ bench coach the last four years, joining the staff after a stint as an analyst for MLB Network. 

As the Phillies search for a new manager, their coaches have been told they’re free to seek other opportunities. A new manager typically likes to bring in his own coaches, which could be bad news for Matt Stairs, Mickey Morandini, Juan Samuel and Bob McClure.

Bowa has spent 52 years in baseball as a player, manager, coach or analyst, with 33 of those years coming with the Phillies. 

“Larry Bowa is a genuine Phillies icon and he has made enormous contributions to this franchise during his 33 years in uniform,” Klentak said in a statement.  “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.”