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Juan Samuel and Larry Bowa have decided to rejoin the Phillies coaching staff for 2016

Juan Samuel and Larry Bowa both decided to look for greener pastures this offseason, knowing that they had an open invitation to return to the Phillies coaching staff. After not finding anything to their liking, both will again be a part of Pete Mackanin's coaching staff in 2016.

Larry Bowa interviewed twice for the vacant Miami Marlins manager's job, but with his chances dwindling and no other managerial options for him, he will return for at least one more season as the bench coach of the Phillies. Juan Samuel also sought other options, but was never mentioned as a candidate for any managerial positions and apparently, didn't find any coaching options that he liked better than coaching with the Phillies, so he, too, will return to Pete Mackanin's staff.

Both had hoped to find a managerial position, or in the case of Samuel, at least a bench coach offer, but neither were able to find anything. Bowa's initial interview with the Marlins obviously went well enough that they brought him back for a second interview. When the Dodgers and Don Mattingly parted ways, the Marlins seemingly turned their attention to him as a potential managerial hire, leaving Bowa and the others in somewhat of a holding pattern. 

The Phillies had also interviewed Bowa for their open manager's position prior to naming Mackanin the manager for 2016.

Meanwhile, Samuel won't return in his old role as the team's first base coach, the position he's held for the last three seasons. Instead, he'll shift to coaching third base for the Phillies this season. Pitching coach Bob McClure and hitting coach Steve Henderson will also return to the staff. Last week, the Phillies hired Rick Kranitz as their bullpen coach and John McLaren as their catching coach. Kranitz and McLaren replace Rod Nichols and John Mizerock, who were let go by the Phillies following the season.


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