Managerial Notes: Bowa, Bogar, Scioscia

The latest managerial notes from around the Major Leagues…

  • Astros owner Jim Crane said he hopes to have decided on a manager by the end of next week, Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports (on Twitter). Crane said the Astros have interviewed five or six candidates and have a few upcoming interviews,'s Brian McTaggart reports (on Twitter).
  • Larry Bowa won't be the Astros' next manager, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Bowa said he and Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow agreed the team needs a younger manager. The 66-year-old Bowa added that he was "very impressed" by Luhnow when the two spoke earlier in the month.
  • Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar will interview for the Astros' managerial opening, Rob Bradford of reports. The Astros are expected to conduct the interview in the Tampa Bay area when the Red Sox visit the Rays. The interview will take place tomorrow, McTaggart reports (on Twitter). Bogar was also a candidate for Houston's managerial opening before the 2011 season. 
  • Nationals third base coach Bo Porter, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and interim skipper Tony DeFrancesco have already interviewed for the Astros job.
  • Angels GM Jerry Dipoto continues to support manager Mike Scioscia, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Dipoto pointed to Scioscia's "great track record of success," and declined to speculate about the manager's job security in detail. Scioscia is under contract through 2018.

17 Responses to Managerial Notes: Bowa, Bogar, Scioscia Leave a Reply

  1. davengmusic 3 years ago

    Waiting for Brad Ausmus to show up in these rumors…

  2. start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

    Back when Valentine was first hired by the Sox and he took on Bogar as his bench coach there was a rumor floated that the Sox were grooming him as the next manager. That said, a year or 2 before before Mills went on to manage the Astros a few reporters were claiming he would be the only person to replace Francona.

    Anyway, my point is: I’m curious if Bogar is preparing to jump ship or if he’s trying to nudge the Red Sox front office to give him the job now.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      Hope not.. None of Francona’s coaches.

      Pre Franona.. As in Tommy Harper, or Dwight Evans? certainly.

      • start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

        You’ve been pushing Dewey for a couple of weeks now. Why?

        • johnsilver 3 years ago

          Combination of knowledge of the game, coaching experience, always a leader during he 20 years as a player and lastly? No nonsense who wants the utmost from everyone around him.

    • Karkat 3 years ago

      Having watched Bogar horribly mismanage the third-base coaching job in 2010/2011, I don’t want him having responsibility for things like lineups.

      • MaineSox 3 years ago

        Third base coach and manager have absolutely nothing in common.

        • Karkat 3 years ago

          Except for the part where they require you to apply good judgment about baseball based on knowledge about the players?

          • Baseball Lifer 3 years ago

            Good point…

          • MaineSox 3 years ago

            One requires you to judge where the ball lands, where and when it will get picked up, if it will be caught, the speed of the base runner, and the arm strength/accuracy of the outfielder, and do it all usually in less than a second; the other requires you to make pitching changes, personnel/roster moves, bunts/steals/hit and runs etc., and managing personalities. You can be great at one and terrible at the other – the skills really aren’t interchangeable.

          • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

            that’s about as ridiculous as suggesting joe maddon would make a great third base coach because he’s been a good manager. it’s a non sequitur

            having said that, i have no interest whatsoever in bogar

          • Karkat 3 years ago

            I don’t think that’s quite a fair comparison. Sure it’s kind of logically equivalent (roughly the contrapositive of my statement), but my statement was grounded in personal belief (I saw how he mangled third base, therefore I don’t trust him with a tougher job).

            But really as long as he’s not our third base coach I don’t care if he BUYS the team.

  3. Jim McGrath 3 years ago

    I hope Bogar gets the Astros job and he takes it–he needs a fresh start. He should interview well–hopefully the Sox don’t hire him again. I’m hoping for Arnie B the manager of the PawSoix and his pitching and batting coach join him. I like the current Sox base coaches as well. Why not hire from within if the people have done a GOOD JOB.

  4. hawkny1 3 years ago

    I hope the Astros select Tim. One good loser deserves another. On a more serious note, Bolger is smart to be looking elsewhere, as his tenure as Ben Cherington’s bench coach, is coming to an end, when Larry Lucchino demotes Ben to the assistant’s job he held before 2012, or offers him to Theo Epstein, free of charge.

  5. lakersdodgersyankees4life 3 years ago

    good job by the astros avoiding Bowa. He was a horrible influence on the Dodgers when they had the young core come up. He was a bad teacher and was not patient with the young guys

  6. corey23 3 years ago

    Why don’t the sox hire one of their bench coaches instead of looking for has beens?

  7. what about Craig Biggio perfect for manager

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