Blast from the past: Jim Brower’s a Royal (kind of)

KANSAS CITY — One of the brightest surprises of the postseason so far was bumping into Jim Brower, the former Major League reliever who just completed his second season as the pitching coach for Kansas City’s Double-A Northwest Arkansas affiliate.

Giants fans will remember Brower for his inexhaustible performance in 2004, when he led the Majors with 89 appearances. The Giants released him the following June, as he lasted only a fraction longer than two years with five different clubs after his workhorse season.

I covered Brower during his 2001-02 stint with the Reds, as well as his aborted ’05 season with the Giants. He was always a perfect gentleman, regardless of circumstances. It was great to learn that he’s still contributing to the game.

Two other ex-Giants are pitching coaches in the Royals’ Minor League system: Larry Carter with Triple-A Omaha and Mark Davis with rookie-advanced Idaho Falls.

Chris Haft

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