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Bowa comments on Torre

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Nov 05, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here is what Larry Bowa said today on Sirius Satellite Radio

Host, Andrew Bogusch: “Exactly what will you be doing for Torre’s staff? I didn’t see a specific title for you yet.”

Larry Bowa: “Right now it’s probably going to be coaching third for them. It could be bench coach but I think it is going to be coaching third. I know we’ve talked and it depends how he puts the rest of his staff together, I think.”

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Bogusch: “Is Don [Mattingly] going to be the hitting coach?”

Bowa: “Don’s either going to be the hitting coach or the bench coach so, again, it is how he puts his staff together.”

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Bogusch: “Are there any hard feelings about the way things ended for this staff here in New York with the Yankees?”

Bowa: “No, not really. The only thing that was a little bit, I don’t know, rubbed people the wrong way maybe was the way Joe was handled. As a coach, you know when a new manager comes in that the guidelines are they get to bring in who they want. And if you take that personally then you shouldn’t be in baseball. That’s just the way the game sort of revolves. I don’t know. I just thought if there was anybody in baseball that could really go out on his own terms. I know there’s not too many people who can do that. I think Joe Torre earned that right but it didn’t work out. It didn’t take him very long obviously to land on his feet again. The Yankees are a great organization. I just thought that maybe they would give Joe the option of managing a couple more years and then maybe going upstairs or something of that nature. But the more you play the game the more you realize it is a business and you have to treat it as such.”

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Bogusch: “You’ve been around him. You’ve been a manager yourself. What is it about him that makes players love him so much?”

Bowa: “Well, I just think he has full control. When he walks into a room it’s like everybody, you realize it’s Joe Torre. When he talks, you listen. When Joe talks, he’s got a lot of experience. He’s got a lot of wins under his belt. He’s got a lot of rings on his fingers. So obviously he’s going to get your attention real quick. He really likes to stress how important it is to play the game the right way, play hard, let the chips fall where they may but understand that you don’t make dumb mistakes when you’re down five or six runs, you don’t run into foolish outs. He’s a stickler on stuff like that. He’s not going to get on anybody for striking out. He’s not going to get on anybody for making errors. But when you do things that show that you’re not into the game mentally, he’s going to let you know about it.

“He has a way of keeping everything together, keeping everything under control, sticking by his game plan. He’s very loyal to his players. If you have a track record and you start off slow he’s not going to pull the plug on you right away. If there’s a so-called – I never did understand what this meant – but I keep hearing the word he’s a player’s manager. He lets you vent if you want to vent. Everybody knows who is in charge when you walk into the room and everybody knows that he wants everyone to be on the same page. I think he has a lot of plusses going for him before he even manages a game, whether it’s an exhibition game or a regular season game.”

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