11/05/07 7:09 PM ET
Mattingly, Bowa joining Torre on staff
Dodgers still unsure of other positions at this early stage
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Torre said the rest of his coaching staff has yet to be determined and that only Bowa's role -- third-base coach -- was defined. Mattingly will be either the hitting coach or bench coach, depending on whether another bench coach is hired. But it's also clear that Mattingly comes in with the thought of being groomed to succeed the 67-year-old Torre, who signed a three-year contract.
Torre said there's nothing uncomfortable about that.
"With Willie Randolph a few years ago, I feel I do that all the time," he said. "Joe Girardi sat with me. Lee Mazzilli. I'm very comfortable doing that.
"The coaches need to be efficient and a positive influence on the players. I believe you don't hire friends to be coaches. There's so much work to be done with young players."
When the season ended, members of former manager Grady Little's coaching staff were told they could pursue other opportunities. Hitting coach Bill Mueller, who took over in midseason from Eddie Murray, will return to a front-office role. Longtime coach Manny Mota is expected to return, but there was no club confirmation.
There have been reports that first-base coach Mariano Duncan (who played for Torre in New York) and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt might be retained, but there were no confirmations of that, either. Former Yankees coaches Mazzilli and Jose Cardenal also are reportedly under consideration for Torre's staff.
While Bowa and Mattingly were hand-picked by Torre, they also met with the approval of general manager Ned Colletti.
"Bowa is fiery and emotional," said Colletti. "I've known him a long, long time. I like the passion and fire he brings to the ballpark. He wasn't overly gifted as a player, but he sure played well.
"With Mattingly, I've heard about him from people I respect for 20 years. You don't learn about people when you're hiring them, you learn about them before you hire them."
Bowa, 62 next month, played 16 seasons in the Major Leagues, won a World Series with Philadelphia in 1980, was an All-Star five times and Gold Glove shortstop twice. He managed in San Diego two years and with the Phillies four years, most recently finishing second in 2004, and was manager of the year in 2001.
Bowa spent the past two years as Torre's third-base coach after one year as an ESPN analyst. He's served 14 years as a third-base coach, including three seasons with the Angels.
Mattingly, 46, was Torre's bench coach in 2007 after three years as hitting coach. As a player, he was one of the premier first basemen of his generation, ending a 14-year career in 1995. He won nine Gold Gloves, was a six-time All-Star, had a career batting average of .307 and was the American League MVP in 1985 with 35 home runs and 145 RBIs.
Mattingly's son, Preston, was drafted by the Dodgers in 2006 and played at Class A in 2007, hitting .210.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.