Thursday, December 18, 2014

Player Profile: Justin Bowles

I have one card of Justin Bowles, from 1999 Topps Traded.

Playing career: Outfielder Justin Bowles played in the A’s organization from 1996 to 2000. In 495 games he hit .290 with 64 HR and 284 RBI. In his last two seasons he topped 15 HRs in AA ball – odd that he didn’t play again. Don’t know if there was an injury or he just quit.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Justin Bowles is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is ninth when you type Justin Bow, between Justin Bower Art, an artist in Los Angeles, and Justin Bieber, a singer. Another prominent Justin Bowles is a high school football player in Georgia.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Dennis Boyd.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Player Profile: John Bowker

I have one card of John Bowker, from 2008 Topps Rookie Bonus.

Playing career: Outfielder John Bowker played for the Giants, Pirates and Phillies from 2008 to 2011. In 240 games he hit .232 with 17 HR and 73 RBI.

Where he is now: He has spent the past three seasons in Japan. Last year, with Rakuten, he hit .248 with 7 HR and 22 RBI in 65 games.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type John Bowk, ahead of John Bowkus, Head Hockey Coach at Williston State College. Another prominent John Bowker is a prominent theologian in England.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Justin Bowles.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Player Profile: Micah Bowie

I have five cards of Micah Bowie. This one is from 1999 Fleer Tradition Update.

Playing career: Micah Bowie pitched for the Braves, Cubs, A’s, Nationals and Rockies from 1999 to 2008. In 88 games he went 8-13 with a 6.16 ERA.

Where he is now: Owns the Bowie Baseball Academy in San Marcos, TX.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is seventh when you type Micah Bo, between Micah Boy Name, referring to the biblical name, and Micah Boyd, an Olympic rower. There do not appear to be any other prominent Micah Bowies.

Coming up next: The next profile will be John Bowker.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Player Profile: Jim Bowie

I have two cards of Jim Bowie. This one is from 1987 ProCards.

Playing career: First baseman Jim Bowie played in six games for the Oakland A's in 1994, getting three hits in fourteen at-bats. A fuller account of his career can be found at The Greatest 21 Days.

Where he is now: A hitting coach at Strictly Baseball in Fairfield, CA.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is tenth when you type Jim B, after Jim Brickman, a musician. There are no references to the ballplayer on the first page of Google results; all refer to the pioneer who died at the Alamo.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Micah Bowie.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Player Profile: Shane Bowers

I have one card of Shane Bowers, from 1996 Best.

Playing career: Shane Bowers pitched for the Twins in 1997, going 0-3 with an 8.05 ERA in five major league starts. 

Interesting facts: Bowers pitched for the Twins’ AAA team in Salt Lake City. While there he had a relationship with a woman named Heather Alwine. After Bowers broke off the relationship, Alwine became obsessed with Bowers, calling him 30 times in 41 days. Alwine also interviewed for the General Manager job with team owner Joseph Buzas. She later sued Buzas for sexual harassment in what she claimed was a week-long job interview, but that defense attorneys successfully argued was actually a week in the city to try to win Bowers back.

Where he is now: A scout for the Phillies.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fourth when you type Shane Bow, between Shane Bowman, who plays football at the University of Washington, and Shane Bauer, an American hiker arrested in Iran in 2009. Another prominent Shane Bowers is a youth hockey prospect in Nova Scotia.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Micah Bowie.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Kyle Nichols on baseball cards

First baseman Kyle Nichols played in the Diamondbacks, Phillies and Reds organizations from 2001 to 2005, hitting .270 with 80 HR and 300 RBI. He has spent the last nine years playing in the independent leagues, hitting .269 with 110 HR and 499 RBI. This year he hit .268 with 11 HR and 53 RBI for the Amarillo Sox. Also the owner of Nichols Baseball Instruction in Dothan, AL, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"One story I remember is that our catcher in Triple A with Arizona, Craig Ansman, got paid .10 for every card he signed for Topps.  I remember his hand cramping up as he signed and signed and signed cards in the clubhouse in Tucson.  

As for me....my rookie card stated I was the younger brother of Kevin who played with the Phillies.  We always have a laugh that I could never escape his shadow.
 

I own a Rickey Henderson rookie card from the 80's that is by far my favorite card....
 
...although my first professional card is pretty sweet, too.
 

I have a small collection of cards that I collected when I was a kid.  Maybe there are some high dollar cards in there somewhere."

Thanks!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Player Profile: Cedrick Bowers

I have two cards of Cedrick Bowers. This one is from 1998 Topps.

Playing career: Cedrick Bowers pitched for the Rockies in 2008 and the A’s in 2010. In nineteen games he went 0-1 with a 7.29 ERA.

Where he is now: A youth baseball instructor in Florida.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Cedrick Bo, ahead of Cedrick Bowen, a basketball player at Charleston Southern University. There do not appear to be any other prominent Cedrick Bowerses.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Shane Bowers.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Player Profile: Brent Bowers

I have three cards of Brent Bowers. This one is from 1994 Classic.

Playing career: Brent Bowers played in 21 games for the Orioles in 1996, hitting .308 with 0 HR and 3 RBI.

Interesting facts: As a manager for the independent-league Edmonton Capitals in 2010, Bowers got in an argument with umpire Billy Van Raaphorst, who is openly gay. During the argument, Bowers bent over and grabbed his own ankles, while saying, "I ought to kick your ass, you faggot." The incident garnered nationwide attention and Bowers resigned a week later.

Where he is now: Owns Triple Crown Baseball Academy in Schererville, IN.

My memories: I remember hearing about the Van Raaphorst incident. It certainly colored the way I looked at a previously obscure minor league baseball card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fourth when you type Brent Bow, between Brent Bowen, an attorney in Texas, and Brent Bowles, Direct Marketing Program Manager at Wells Fargo. Another prominent Brent Bowers is a bowling coach in Kansas.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Cedrick Bowers.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Player Profile: Ryan Bowen

I have 32 cards of Ryan Bowen. This one is from 1991 Upper Deck Final Edition.

Playing career: Ryan Bowen pitched for the Astros and Marlins from 1991 to 1995. In 64 games he went 17-28 with a 5.30 ERA. A fuller account of his career can be found at The Greatest 21 Days.

Where he is now: An agent at Neighborhood Insurance Service and a coach at Homerun Alley, both in Texas.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Ryan Bow, between Ryan Bowers, who was on Bachelorette, and Ryan Bowers Rapper, a performer in California. The first entry when you google Ryan Bowen is not the ballplayer but a former NBA player.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Brent Bowers.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Player Profile: Rob Bowen

I have two cards of Rob Bowen. This one is from 2007 Upper Deck.

Playing career: Catcher Rob Bowen played for four teams from 2003 to 2008. In 216 games he hit .209 with 9 HR and 43 RBI.

Where he is now: Owns Southern Star Cleaning & Removal and Red Alert Baseball in Georgia.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is eighth when you type Rob Bow, between Rob Bowerman, an executive recruiter focused on the retail industry, and Rob Bowden Harvard, referring to a computer science student. Another prominent Rob Bowen is an interior designer in Florida.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Ryan Bowen.