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The Phillies final splash (albeit a tiny ripple) of last season’s trade market is no longer with the team.
Left-handed hitting outfielder John Bowker was released by the Phillies Tuesday so he can pursue playing in Japan, the team said.
The move is reminiscent of when the Phils let pitcher Scott Mathieson go the same route earlier this offseason.
But let’s talk about Bowker’s legacy. Fans likely will forget he ever played for the Phightins considering he only appeared in 12 games after being acquired on August 29 just before the end of the waiver trade deadline.
I however will always remember Bowker, 28, for what he didn’t do in Philly rather than what he did do on the field.
After being acquired to serve as some left-handed pop off the pine, Bowker went 0-fer the Phillies going a pathetic 0 for 13 with seven strikeouts (terrible enough for a -.100 OPS+) while with the Phils.
Ouch, the dude never even reached first base! Let's wish him better success overseas.
In any case...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Phillies released John Bowker this week to let him pursue a contract in Japan. This is not a huge deal at all. I always thought that based on his minor league numbers, Bowker deserved more of a chance with the Pirates, but it was clear both in Pittsburgh and San Francisco before that there was something about Bowker that his front offices and managers didn't think would translate...
Just saw this on the Philadelphia Phillies website:
The Phillies have released outfielder John Bowker to allow him to pursue an opportunity with a professional team in Japan, the club announced today.
In a combined 31 major league games between the Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates last season, Bowker, 28, batted .133 with two RBI. He spent the majority of the 2011 season at triple...
Ex-Giant John Bowker has been released (Press Release) by the Phillies, so he could pursue an opportunity to play in Japan.
Bowker has always put fear in minor league pitchers, and has put up some great numbers in the minors. However, he just hasn’t been able to seize his major league opportunities. In 240 major league games, Bowker has hit .232 with 17 homers and 73 RBIs.
The Philadelphia Phillies have released outfielder John Bowker to allow him to play with a professional team in Japan, the club announced via a press release today.
Bowker played in 31 Major Leageu games in 2011 with the Phillies and the Pittsburgh Pirates and hit .133 with two RBIs.
Image by Jim Epler under the Creative Commons License.
This is not the first time the Phillies have released a player so that he can pursue an opportunity to play somewhere else.
Think back to November when Scott Mathieson was released.
The Phillies picked up Bowker in late August, but he didn't prove to be much of a help. The 28 year-old outfielder went 0-13 in 13 at bats, striking out 7 times in 12 games for the Phillies.
Hot News for OF John Bowker
The Phillies released outfielder John Bowker to allow him to pursue an opportunity in Japan, according to a press release. The team's 40-man roster count now stands at 39.
Bowker, 28, was acquired by the Phillies from the Pirates in August. The former third-round pick hit .306/.348/.482 in 451 Triple-A plate appearances last year, his fourth extended stint at the level.
The Phillies released outfielder John Bowker to allow him to pursue an opportunity with a professional team in Japan, the club announced Tuesday.
The Philadelphia Phillies granted John Bowker his release on Tuesday, so that the outfielder can pursue an opportunity in Japan.
Like many prospect mavens, Eddie Vedder is keen on Oakland prospect Michael Choice.
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Offseason Notes.
1. Assorted Headlines
2. Prospecting: John Sickels’ Top-20 List for Oakland
3. Crowdsourcing Broadcasters: L.A. Dodgers Television (Away Games)
Bowker Released, Will Likely Play in Japan...