Bowa joins Sandberg's staff in Philly

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Updated: 10/08/2013 12:35 pm

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Larry Bowa is back Phillies pinstripes.

The 67-year-old has joined the coaching staff of new Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg.

An in-studio analyst for MLB Network over the past three years, Bowa will serve as the bench coach.

Bowa, of course, has a long history with the Phillies. He played 12 years with the club and was a popular member of the 1980 squad that captured the franchise's first World Series title. Following the 1981 season, Bowa and Sandberg were dealt to the Chicago Cubs in one of the more lopsided trades in baseball history.

The former shortstop spent nine years (1988-96) as the Phillies' third base coach and accumulated a 337-308 record as the team's manager from 2001-04.

Bowa's coaching career also includes stints with the Anaheim Angels (1997-99), Seattle Mariners (2000), New York Yankees (2006-07) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-10) and a brief managerial post with the San Diego Padres (1987-88).

Sandberg also announced Tuesday that Pete Mackanin has returned to the Phillies after a one-year hiatus. Mackanin, who will take over the coaching duties at third base, was the bench coach under Sandberg's predecessor, Charlie Manuel, from 2009-2012.

Additionally, Steve Henderson will remain the hitting coach, while Wally Joyner has declined to return as the assistant hitting coach.

The statuses of Juan Samuel and Rod Nichols, meanwhile, have yet to be determined, but both are being considered for the 2014 staff. Samuel inherited Sandberg's previous role, shifting across the diamond from first base to third base coach, once the latter replaced Manuel. Nichols was the bullpen coach.

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