The Houston Astros are looking for a new manager after firing Brad Mills in August, and reports on Tuesday confirmed the team was interviewing former Padres and Phillies manager Larry Bowa. According to Ken Rosenthal, though, the two parties agreed to go their separate ways:
Bowa, 66, said that while he was "very impressed" with Luhnow, the team faces a lengthy rebuilding process and would be better served by a manager who could grow with the club.
The Astros and Jeff Luhnow seem to be interested in the cutting edge of baseball, meshing together stats, pitch-based analytics, and traditional scouting in the post-Moneyball paradigm that's so fashionable these days. And when you think "cutting edge of baseball", you, uh, don't think of Larry Bowa.
"The interview was really professional. Jeff has his ducks in a row. It's just going to take some time."
It almost seems like it was blind date set up by a matchmaker who was simply picking names out of a hat, and everyone knew it was a non-starter before the interview even happened.