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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 to the big leagues and that he wasn't likely to get that shot, nor was keeping him from playing going to turn into a Craig Wilson/Freddy Sanchez situation. The main reason that I mention this is so that I can link to Grant Brisbee's piece at McCovey Chronicles about Bowker, because it's just an excellent piece of sports-blogging. It's funny how things circle: part of the reason that I liked the Javier Lopez trade so much initially (and don't get me wrong: the Pirates got nothing from it and I still think it was a good trade) was that Brisbee hated it and the reason he hated was t...
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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...
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.
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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.
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...
Hot News for OF John Bowker
John Bowker asked the Phillies for his unconditional release to pursue a playing opportunity in Japan. The Phillies granted the request, but they should have been the one initiating the move and it should have come earlier this offseason.
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...