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Larry Bowa in Houston meeting with Astros

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Larry Bowa, former manager of the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Diego Padres, arrived in Houston on Friday and was picked up at Bush Intercontinental Airport by Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow.

Before leaving the airport Bowa told FOX 26 Sports and MLB.com he is in Houston to "exchange baseball ideas" with the Astros.

Luhnow did not comment at the airport.

However, later in a text message to FOX 26 Sports Luhnow wrote, " Larry is here to meet with me on some baseball-related matters."

So neither Luhnow nor Bowa would confirm Bowa is a candidate to become the next manager of the Astros.

On Thursday Washington Nationals third base coach Bo Porter became the first known candidate to interview with Astros officials.

Astros owner Jim Crane reiterated on Monday that interim manager Tony DeFrancesco is also a candidate for the job.

Bowa's first stint as a big league manager was with the Padres in 1987 and the first 46 games of 1988, before he was fired.

His overall record with San Diego is 81-127.

Bowa received a second opportunity to manage with his former team, the Phillies.

From 2001-2004 Bowa's record in four seasons in Philadelpia is 337-308.

Following the 2001 season Bowa was named National League Manager of the Year after leading the Phillies to an 86-76 record and a second-place finish.

The previous season the Phillies finished in last place with a 65-97 record.

Bowa has also worked as a big league coach with the Phillies (1989-1996), Anaheim Angels (1997-1999), Seattle Mariners (2000), New York Yankees (2006-2007) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-2010).

As a player Bowa spent 15 years in the big leagues, the first 12 (1970-1981) with the Phillies.

He finsihed his career with  the Chicaco Cubs (1982-1985) and the New York Mets (1985).

A five-time All-Star, Bowa also won the Gold Glove award at shortstop in 1972 and 1978.

Bowa currently works as a studio analyst for the MLB Network.

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