Phillies Release 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.

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  1. Good. Maybe now his roster spot can be occupied by a baseball player.

    • JR_Tolls1 4 years ago

      Chances are a baseball player will take it

    • Thizzie 4 years ago

      Don’t get it twisted Frank, .306 in AAA is good and probably better than your slow pitch softball batting average.  Check yourself bro! 

      • I don’t play softball, slow pitch or otherwise, but I’ll be sure to do that. Thanks for the advice, bro.

        • Thizzie 4 years ago

          No sweat.  My guess is you probably were not much of a baseball player either, glad to know your displeasure for John Bowker though. 

          Honestly, I thought he’d be close to Greg Dobbs when they got him.  He has a very short swing, the kind that does well coming off the bench to pinch hit, similar to what Seth Smith had been for the Rockies from 2007-2010.

      • michael hughes 4 years ago

        John Bowker is that you? It’s cool if it is, you can tell us.

  2. Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

    This guy can hit, just not MLB pitching. Should have some success in Japan.

  3. vonhayesdays 4 years ago

    should have kept rivero and see if he could hit triple a ball this year, because phillies have so many 3rd base prospects ,   cuz the weasel goes pop

  4. JST1331 4 years ago

    I hate to say this but I’m glad they released him. He got a couple pinch hit opportunities in key situations and failed every time. Correct me if I’m wrong but he went hitless. Besides that he did very well in Triple A, wish him the best of luck in Japan.

    • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

      He struck out 7/13 times.

      In his defense though, he was acquired in August and only started one game in September. It’s hard for regular MLB players to pinch hit, let alone AAA guys.

      • JST1331 4 years ago

        I understand pinch hitting is hard to do. Possibly one of the most difficult things to do, as your coming cold off the bench but he never seemed to get the job done.

  5. Well, that’s it. There go the Phillies postseason hopes, off to Japan.

  6. Ray22 4 years ago

    What a great player, future HOF.

  7. nostocksjustbonds 4 years ago


  8. yea we had this guy in the Giants and he is a really cool guy. I have his autograph but he is one of those players that can tear it up in the minors not just at the Major League level. Best of luck in Japan.

  9. JPH_GSG 4 years ago

    What am I supposed to do with this Bowker jersey I got for Christmas?

  10. FillyPhan 4 years ago

    I had thought we released him along time ago. I wonder if its being annouced now due to a imminent acquisition.

  11. Dylan 4 years ago

    I they would have lost because of keeping this guy, I would be furious.

  12. They already have a left handed corner outfielder who can’t hit at the major league level who’s younger in Domonic Brown…

  13. xHoratiox 4 years ago

    Harold Reynolds: He’s In!  (On Bowker’s case for The Hall..)

  14. bayareabeast 4 years ago

    classic AAAA player..i bet he dominates in japan

  15. You’re a troll and a half, I tell you what (Hank Hill voice).

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