This morning, I happened to catch Larry Bowa on XM Radio’s baseball channel. Bowa took off on the most uneducated, moronic rant I’ve ever heard.

The subject of his rant: Bill James and “Moneyball.” It was pathetic. Bowa kept saying, “I’m a winner, I know how to win. Bill James knows nothing about baseball.” Ultimately, it devolved into “Bill James never wore a uniform. I played. I know what it takes to win.” Second grade nonsense.

His harshest rhetoric was reserved for “Moneyball,” though. He went on and on and on about the book, all the while saying stupid things like, “Does Moneyball tell you how to move a runner over? Does Moneyball tell you how to give up yourself at the plate?”

In the end, we heard the clincher: Bowa has never read Moneyball, he’s never going to read it, but “some people” have told him what it’s about.

What a moron.

I wish I could adequately convey the ignorant nature of Bowa’s rant, and I wish I could find the audio of it. Suffice to say, however, if he ever manages the Reds, it will be worse than the Bob Boone years.

UPDATE: Can’t Stop The Bleeding heard the same broadcast and had a similar reaction.

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  1. […] Up On XM (Again) Filed under: Baseball Sports Radio — GC @ 12:32 pm From Redleg Nation : This morning, I happened to catch Larry Bowa on XM Radio’s […]

  2. Larry Bowa had a very fine major league career. He accomplished that through grit and hard work. Brains didn’t enter too much into it. He hasn’t had much success as a manager because he doesn’t have a plan. He knows the game inside and out. The problem is that, he manages by the seat of his pants. Because of this everyone around him stands by wondering what’s going to happen next. Its hard on the organization and about two years is all anyone can take of Larry Bowa.

  3. Bowa had a pretty lousy major league career, mostly because teams at the time thought a shortstop with a good fielding percentage and a decent batting average was doing all right. Well, Bowa had limited range and no power, and didn’t draw many walks, so he wasn’t much help. On the bright side, most other shortstops of his era weren’t much better, except Davey of course.

  4. Sreve Goldman covered this (somewhat) in this article.

  5. I guess “some people” forgot to tell Bowa that not every baseball book is an instructional book about running, hitting, and fielding.

  6. Career OPS+ of 71. Go Larry!

  7. I still stand by my original statement regarding Bowa’s playing career. He had a “fine” career. 15 years in the bigs, .260 avg., .300 OBP, in his day one of the best with a glove. There’s no stat for being a jerk. If there was one Bowa would be in the Hall of Fame.

  8. Bowa vs the league (BTW Bowa had NO range, nice hands and was duarble at best)

    OPS DIFF PLAYER LEAGUE
    1 Garry Templeton .070 .705 .635
    2 Dave Concepcion .057 .681 .625
    3 Chris Speier .051 .671 .620
    4 Don Kessinger .041 .650 .609
    5 Bill Russell .025 .650 .626
    6 Ivan DeJesus .020 .653 .632
    7 Rafael Ramirez .018 .649 .631
    8 Bud Harrelson .009 .618 .609
    9 Larry Bowa -.002 .620 .622
    10 Ozzie Smith -.013 .623 .636

    RUNS CREATED/GAME DIFF PLAYER LEAGUE
    1 Garry Templeton 0.76 4.16 3.40
    2 Dave Concepcion 0.61 3.92 3.31
    3 Chris Speier 0.54 3.79 3.25
    4 Don Kessinger 0.50 3.66 3.15
    5 Bud Harrelson 0.42 3.58 3.16
    6 Ivan DeJesus 0.39 3.77 3.39
    7 Bill Russell 0.20 3.51 3.31
    8 Larry Bowa 0.11 3.39 3.28
    9 Ozzie Smith 0.11 3.51 3.41
    10 Rafael Ramirez 0.11 3.46 3.35

  9. BTW that’s 1970-185 SS with 3000 PA’s

  10. That idiot says stuff like this all the time. If it means anything, everywhere he’s managed, he’s recognized as a moron. It’s still talked about here in San Diego.

  11. Chris, If he’s recognized everywhere he’s managed as being an idiot, (and I know you’re right about that) he’s probably going to manage the Reds at some point in the future. I’m certain that someone in the front office will think he’s misunderstood and needs another chance. Wouldn’t that be a kick in the head.

  12. Glen, all I can say is: I hope XM is paying him well. We know that even ahead of stupidity, willingness to work cheap is the hallmark of a Reds employee.

  13. When I lived near Philadelphia, I went to the Phillies’ annual Holiday Festival for season-ticket holders (thanks to a friend of mine) after Bowa had been hired to manage for 2001. He took questions from fans, and I asked him what he had learned as a coach in Seattle to prevent “Bleep II!” (referring to his previous, disastrous managing stint in San Diego). Fortunately he took my comment in good humor and said he had learned a lot from Lou Piniella. And yep, we sure saw it over the next three years (I’m being facetious now).

    Thankfully, I now live near Washington, where I get far less tension from watching Bowa’s nephew, Nick Johnson.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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