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    He's had a fast start in the majors. What do Giants fans think of him?
    Originally posted by bhss89
    "Hi. My name is John. I'd like you to meet my fastball. Can you catch up to it?
    Didn't think so. I'll see you again tomorrow night around the top of the ninth."
    Originally posted by ChineseDemocracy
    Why can't they just air the doubleheaders? Those programs aimed at children are crap anyway.

  • #2
    Originally posted by blacksilverfan12 View Post
    He's had a fast start in the majors. What do Giants fans think of him?
    I think most of us don't have a clue as to who he is! But me likey!
    “Well, I like to say I’m completely focused, right? I mean, the game’s on the line. It’s not like I’m thinking about what does barbecue Pop Chips and Cholula taste like. Because I already know that answer — it tastes friggin’ awesome!"--Brian Wilson

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    • #3
      Here are Bowker's college and minor league stats. He has the makings of solid major league starter. Likely not destined to be an all-star player.

      http://www.thebaseballcube.com/playe...n-Bowker.shtml
      Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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      • #4
        He was with the team for most of spring training and he didnt do terrible, but didnt look great either.

        When Dave Roberts went down, the team was going to call up Nate Schierholtz, who was the obvious choice, but it just so happened that Nate had a sore leg and had missed a game in Fresno, so the Giants chose to call up Clay Timpner instead. I don't think Clay even got one at bat, but he was back to the minors immedietley once they heard Nate was going to be ok.

        It seems that Nate wasn't ok after all, and would need more time off...so instead of bring Timpner back up for the 2nd time in 2 days, they picked the next on the list (so really, he was their 3rd choice)...John "Babe" Bowker.

        I'm happy with the decision so far, as he as paid off for us with the 2 HR's and a triple in his first 3 games. His swing is a bit sloppy, as most of his hits have looked like accidents so far...but I love what he is producing.

        Can't wait for next year with the possibility of Bowker, Fred Lewis, a healthy Kevin Frandsen etc. playing every day. Hopefully we will find somebody that wants Winn, Durham, Aurilia etc.
        "Candlestick made me a man" -Will Clark

        "Real Giants fans loved them BEFORE and AFTER Barry Bonds came along"

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        • #5
          One more thing on Bowker. He has been working with JT Snow at first base, taking a crash course at learning the position. Who needs Ortmeier and his "upside" if Bowker can keep it up.
          "Candlestick made me a man" -Will Clark

          "Real Giants fans loved them BEFORE and AFTER Barry Bonds came along"

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          • #6
            jermz: I don't think Clay even got one at bat...

            timpner pinch-hit in the 6th for zito last friday night.

            [Bowker] paid off for us with the 2 HR's and a triple in his first 3 games.

            a home run in each of his first 2 games is a record.
            a would-be 3rd home run in his first 3 games was knocked down by the wind, and he settled for a triple.

            Who needs Ortmeier and his "upside" if Bowker can keep it up?

            bowker uses a small-sized bat and has a relatively short swing. the giants want for him to concentrate on line drives, and let the home runs come as they do.
            "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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            • #7
              Originally posted by KHenry14 View Post
              I think most of us don't have a clue as to who he is! But me likey!
              I'd never considered Bowker before I saw him play a couple weeks ago, and he definitely impressed me! I hope those HRs weren't accidents...but if they were I hope he keeps making them!
              You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too. ~Roy Campanella
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              • #8
                the giants have all but given up positioning bowker at first. instead, he will find time in the outfield.
                "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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                • #9
                  The thing to have done w/ Roberts and the vet OFs was to trade them posthaste to the Mets at the begining of April. At the time, their OF had been decimated by injuries, and could have traded for one of them.
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