By Sam Bush
Now that former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has landed the Miami Marlins job — what in the world was he thinking????? — the Phillies have retained coaches Larry Bowa, who had interviewed for that job, and Juan Samuel through the 2016 season.
Bowa will return as the Phillies’ bench coach, while Samuel will be the third-base coach.
The team announced last week that Rick Kranitz and John McLaren will be the bullpen coach and catching coach, respectively. Hitting coach Steve Henderson and pitching coach Bob McClure previously agreed to contracts for next season. The Phillies will not have an assistant hitting coach, like they had the previous three seasons.
They still need a first-base coach, who could be hired after this week’s organizational meetings in Clearwater, Fla.