JOHN BOWKER RUMORS & GOSSIP
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...
Hot News for OF John Bowker
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, the Phillies gave to me...12 games played by John Bowker (yuck!)11 indictments for Lenny Dykstra (loser!)10 extra base hits from Michael Martinez9 Ball Girls dancing8 wild pitches by Dontrelle Willis (2012 prediction)7 straight winning seasons with Charles Fuqua Manuel6 shutouts twirled by Clifton Phifer Lee5 consecutive NL East division championships4...
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PHOTO APIf Ryan Howard is a mountain of a man, then John Bowker is most comparable to a tree. Solid and sturdy at 6’1, 205 lbs., Bowker has put up solid average and power stats in the minors but hasn’t been able to replicate those stats in the Majors. For centuries, trees have been in the middle of the quantum quandary asked by philosophers: If a tree falls in the forest...