Bowman Begins Next Chapter

After years of surgeries, setbacks, and rehabs, Binghamton third baseman Shawn Bowman is ready to begin the next chapter of his career. He has opened the season in Double-A for the first time after spending the last four Aprils on the disabled list, and he now looks ahead to future opportunities.

It has been a very long road for Binghamton third baseman Shawn Bowman. Early in his career, the 24-year-old was heralded for his combination of power and plus defensive skills and demonstrated those skills when he hit 36 home runs and drove in 122 runs over a two season period in 2004 and 2005 in A-ball.

However, he spent the majority of the next three seasons under the knife to repair fractured vertebrae and never totaled more than 55 games in one season over the following three year span.

That has all changed in 2009 as Bowman opened the season both active on a roster and in Double-A for the first time in his career. Those two facts alone are enough to give the third baseman a welcomed sense of accomplishment.

"As hard as it is to say, it does give me a sense of accomplish at least getting that because I haven't been able to break camp healthy for a long time, so it definitely does help," he said.

"My first goal was just to get through camp healthy because of my back problems in the past. I just wanted to start the season healthy and now that I can be out there every day."

This past Spring Training was the first in which he actively participated in nearly four years. To once again receive the opportunity to prepare for the season among the rest of the organization was an important step for Bowman who feels it laid the foundation for his season.

" My first goal was just to get through camp healthy because of my back problems in the past. I just wanted to start the season healthy and now that I can be out there every day," he explained.

"No one wants to start the season coming off the disabled list so that was big, knowing I'm ready to come in at 100 percent and be ready to compete."

" Statistically and the way I felt, I feel really good about the way my spring went. I was hitting the ball well, I felt great, and as far as being healthy in the spring and coming into the season, that's always a plus," he explained.

The start to his season was fairly hot and cold. He went on a few streaks but suffered some dips, but after appearing in 29 games in Binghamton last season, he keeps a fairly simple approach.

"I'm swinging the bat alright, but I'd like to be hitting the ball harder. I'd really like to cut down on my strikeouts, take some more walks, see more pitches. That's what I'm really focusing on,' said Bowman.

He is also being relied upon as a producer in the middle of the Binghamton order. Last season, he found himself typically hitting sixth in the lineup, but now manager Mako Oliveras routinely has him slotted higher. Yet no matter his spot in the order, Bowman keeps the same mentality.

" I'd like to think that pitcher doesn't get me out, that I get myself out. When I'm going right I feel like I compete and I can hit anyone out there," he said. "When I'm going badly it's obviously going to be harder, but when I make outs I'm thinking I made a mistake and that the pitcher isn't getting me out."

" I'm just trying to see good pitches and not be too aggressive and chase balls out of the strike zone," he continued. "I need to attack pitches that I can do damage with, that I can drive, instead of swinging at pitches that they're trying to get me out on."

Bowman recognizes he has areas to work on, but he is off to a strong start which reinforces his positive outlook. His back is in as good of shape as it will ever be moving forward, but more importantly the third baseman is ready for what is ahead. The previous disappointments are a thing of the past and Bowman is taking opportunities head on.

"It's nice to start above the Florida State League because I began the season there for the last four years on and off because of my back injuries," he said. "It's nice to get out of that area and get to Double-A where you see guys like Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans get called up straight from here."

"It gives me that feeling that I could really be only one phone call away from the show so as long as I take care of business on the field. I know I could get that call where someone gives me a chance of getting to the big leagues one day," he closed.


Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nIt has been a very long road for Binghamton third baseman Shawn Bowman. Early in his career, the 24-year-old was heralded for his combination of power and plus defensive skills and demonstrated those skills when he hit 36 home runs and drove in 122 runs over a two season period in 2004 and 2005 in A-ball.
\r\n
\r\nHowever, he spent the majority of the next three seasons under the knife to repair fractured vertebrae and never totaled more than 55 games in one season over the following three year span.
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\r\nThat has all changed in 2009 as Bowman opened the season both active on a roster and in Double-A for the first time in his career. Those two facts alone are enough to give the third baseman a welcomed sense of accomplishment.
\r\n
\r\n\"As hard as it is to say, it does give me a sense of accomplish at least getting that because I haven't been able to break camp healthy for a long time, so it definitely does help,\" he said.
\r\n
\r\n\"My first goal was just to get through camp healthy because of my back problems in the past. I just wanted to start the season healthy and now that I can be out there every day.\"
\r\n
\r\nThis past Spring Training was the first in which he actively participated in nearly four years. To once again receive the opportunity to prepare for the season among the rest of the organization was an important step for Bowman who feels it laid the foundation for his season.
\r\n
\r\n\" My first goal was just to get through camp healthy because of my back problems in the past. I just wanted to start the season healthy and now that I can be out there every day,\" he explained.
\r\n
\r\n\"No one wants to start the season coming off the disabled list so that was big, knowing I'm ready to come in at 100 percent and be ready to compete.\"
\r\n
\r\n\" Statistically and the way I felt, I feel really good about the way my spring went. I was hitting the ball well, I felt great, and as far as being healthy in the spring and coming into the season, that's always a plus,\" he explained.
\r\n
\r\nThe start to his season was fairly hot and cold. He went on a few streaks but suffered some dips, but after appearing in 29 games in Binghamton last season, he keeps a fairly simple approach.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm swinging the bat alright, but I'd like to be hitting the ball harder. I'd really like to cut down on my strikeouts, take some more walks, see more pitches. That's what I'm really focusing on,' said Bowman.
\r\n
\r\nHe is also being relied upon as a producer in the middle of the Binghamton order. Last season, he found himself typically hitting sixth in the lineup, but now manager Mako Oliveras routinely has him slotted higher. Yet no matter his spot in the order, Bowman keeps the same mentality.
\r\n
\r\n\" I'd like to think that pitcher doesn't get me out, that I get myself out. When I'm going right I feel like I compete and I can hit anyone out there,\" he said. \"When I'm going badly it's obviously going to be harder, but when I make outs I'm thinking I made a mistake and that the pitcher isn't getting me out.\"
\r\n
\r\n\" I'm just trying to see good pitches and not be too aggressive and chase balls out of the strike zone,\" he continued. \"I need to attack pitches that I can do damage with, that I can drive, instead of swinging at pitches that they're trying to get me out on.\"
\r\n
\r\nBowman recognizes he has areas to work on, but he is off to a strong start which reinforces his positive outlook. His back is in as good of shape as it will ever be moving forward, but more importantly the third baseman is ready for what is ahead. The previous disappointments are a thing of the past and Bowman is taking opportunities head on.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's nice to start above the Florida State League because I began the season there for the last four years on and off because of my back injuries,\" he said. \"It's nice to get out of that area and get to Double-A where you see guys like Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans get called up straight from here.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"It gives me that feeling that I could really be only one phone call away from the show so as long as I take care of business on the field. I know I could get that call where someone gives me a chance of getting to the big leagues one day,\" he closed.
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