Posted at 4:42 PM on March 14, 2006
by Ben Tesch
The paper of record has an excellent interview with the excellent Larry Bowa that you should be sure to check out.
For Bowa, coaching third is a combination of instincts, research and personality. He keeps a book on outfielders and tries to analyze them for himself, independent of scouting reports. Who overcomes a weak arm by charging hard? Who throws well but hangs back on balls? What are the tendencies of the runners he will send or hold? Bowa is finding out, and he promised to take calculated risks. "If you coach third and you don't get anybody thrown out, you're definitely not doing a good job," he said.