Phillies: Charlie Manuel, Larry Bowa break down the team

Former Philadelphia Phillies managers Larry Bowa, left, and Charlie Manuel (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Former Philadelphia Phillies managers Larry Bowa, left, and Charlie Manuel (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Two Phillies legends broke down the team in a video chat on Twitter

Hoping to break the bore of no Phillies baseball while maintaining social distancing, former Phillies managers Charlie Manuel and Larry Bowa had a live video chat on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

The two chatted for over 20 minutes with thousands of fans watching them talk about this year’s team and some of the players coming up through the system.

If you missed the live stream, here’s the video from Charlie’s Twitter page.

Bowa has been with the team as an instructor for all of spring. Manuel has been recovering after multiple medical procedures, but he told Bowa he’d try to come to “second spring training”, whenever that’ll be.

Early in the video it sounds like Charlie and Bowa are impressed with new manager Joe Girardi and hitting coach Joe Dillon. Bowa said the camp had “a different vibe” and he thinks the guys know it’s now or never.

Of all the players who were in camp (and there were a lot) that either former manager brought up was former first overall pick Mickey Moniak, who hasn’t move through the system as fast as some fans hoped.

Moniak was taken out of high school in 2016 and turns 22-years-old in May. Last year he played the entire season in Double-A and Bowa noted that Moniak is “three years younger than where he’s supposed to be and I think he’s finally going to put it together.”

Bowa added that Moniak has “gotten bigger, he’s hitting to left-center field.”

They bounced over to the pitchers, with Bowa noting how Zack Wheeler “has a big arm” and that Ranger Suarez “opened some people’s eyes” fighting for the fifth starters job.

Charlie brought up Adam Morgan and noted how his arm was “going easy-like” now that he’s healthy. They both acknowledged that Morgan, a former starter, will be a big piece in the bullpen with the new three-batter minimum rule.

Then, of course, they started talking about hitttin’. Charlie said he’s “looking for some big offense out of our team this year,” and they went through a lot of the guys including Harper and Gregorius.

You can watch the entire video above and follow Charlie’s account for more content with Bowa in the future, cause right now we got nothing else to do ‘cept talk hittin’.