Bowa: Astros need someone younger

BY Ken Rosenthal • September 18, 2012

Larry Bowa said Tuesday that he will not be the Houston Astros' next manager, saying that he and Astros GM Jeff Luhnow agreed that the team needs to go with someone younger.

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 interviewed Bowa last Friday. The team also has interviewed Nationals bench coach Bo Porter, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and its interim manager, Tony DeFrancesco.

"It was a super interview," said Bowa, a former major-league, player, coach and manager who is now an analyst for MLB Network.

"Jeff and I both were under the understanding that long-term it should be a younger guy — we both agreed on that.

"The interview was really professional. Jeff has his ducks in a row. It's just going to take some time."