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Bowa Returns

Former Phillies shortstop and manager Larry Bowa has returned for his fourth tour of duty with the franchise.

Bowa will serve as manager Ryne Sandberg’s bench coach, signing a two year contract with the Phils. Bowa played 12 seasons for the Phillies at shortstop, culminating with the 1980 World Series championship.

Bowa coached third for the Phillies in the 1990s, and was eventually named manager in 2001. He managed the Phils from 2001-2004 before being let go. Bowa has coached professionally for the Padres, Phillies, Mariners, Yankees and Dodgers.

The Phillies traded Bowa to the Chicago Cubs in 1982 for shortstop Ivan DeJesus. The Phils also threw in a minor league player to complete the trade…his name was Ryne Sandberg.

The team also announced yesterday that former bench coach Pete Mackanin will return to the club in 2014 as third base coach.

Sandberg is still mulling over who his pitching coach will be next season, a spot vacated by Rich Dubee.

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