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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Larry Bowa’s time in Reading a learning experience

And for this, the MLB Network pays him how much? (reaches for dusty “BOWA GOTTA GOWA” sign)

Still, Bowa said he’s not sure whether he’d like to return to the field as a manager or coach, even though he looked fit and probably 10 years younger than his age.

“I like what I’m doing,” he said. “I don’t like the way a lot of people approach the game now. I don’t want to categorize everybody, but there are a lot of general managers who throw everything into a computer and then try to pick their team. You can look at numbers all day, but you can’t look inside a guy’s heart. To me that speaks volumes. Give me somebody who has a lot of heart.”

One of those guys, according to Bowa, is Phillies second baseman Chase Utley.

“He plays hard every night,” Bowa said. “Working with the MLB Network, you get to watch a lot of games. When you see guys who play hard every night, every single pitch, they stand out. It used to be that’s how you were supposed to play the game.”

Repoz Posted: July 24, 2011 at 12:18 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: announcers, dodgers, media, phillies, television

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   1. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: July 24, 2011 at 01:51 PM (#3884216)
Yeah, Utley's definitely a guy who a GM who "threw everything into a computer" and relied on numbers would miss.
   2. akrasian Posted: July 24, 2011 at 04:07 PM (#3884247)
Probably a coincidence, but -

Last year with Bowa dogging him every step of the way, Matt Kemp had a down season. And make no mistake, Bowa seemed obsessed at times with Kemp. Bowa is gone from the Dodgers this year, and Kemp is having a great season, one of the best in the NL. Maybe Bowa doesn't understand as much as he thinks about how to make a player good?
   3. GregD Posted: July 24, 2011 at 04:57 PM (#3884262)
Last year with Bowa dogging him every step of the way, Matt Kemp had a down season. And make no mistake, Bowa seemed obsessed at times with Kemp. Bowa is gone from the Dodgers this year, and Kemp is having a great season, one of the best in the NL. Maybe Bowa doesn't understand as much as he thinks about how to make a player good?
Or at least about the need to vary your approach for different players, which is something he basically confesses to as a point of honor. It's interesting how absurd this would be in business--no, I ain't gonna add rice to the McDonald's Shanghai menu. There's a right way to serve McDonald's...would be a ticket to early retirement. In baseball talk, lack of awareness of different contexts is taken as a point of pride.
   4. asdf1234 Posted: July 25, 2011 at 12:25 AM (#3884493)
Baseball usually patterns itself after war rather than business.

A chronic one-size-fits-all mentality and general red-ass-ishness makes much more sense through that lens.

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