News from the far east is in today and it involves a couple of former-Phillies. Remember John Bowker and Scott Mathieson? Bowker, who was arguably one of the worst Phillies in recent memory, along with Mathieson, who found little-to-no success in three years with the Phillies, helped the Yomiuri Giants reach their 22nd Japanese Series title.
Bowker, whom the Phillies acquired from Pittsburgh in late August of 2011, went 0-for-13 as a pinch hitter in 12 games with the Phils. Mathieson, accumulated a 1-4 record and a 6.75 ERA over three seasons with the team. The Phillies released Bowker and Mathieson in January, 2012 and November, 2011, respectively.
Both players found their way to the Yomiuri Giants baseball club of Nippon Professional Baseball, Japan's premiere professional baseball league. Bowker batted .196/.267/.310 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI in 69 games. Mathieson went 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 40 games during the Japanese regular season.
On Saturday night, the Giants won ...