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Bour identity: Slugger a playful, powerful presence

December 18, 2017

MIAMI -- From clubhouse DJ to fun-loving first baseman, Justin Bour is one of the Marlins' most entertaining and productive players.Listed at 6-foot-3, 265-pounds, Bour proudly proclaimed his affinity for sweets -- specifically donuts. He's sported an "I want abs but I want donuts more" T-shirt on national television.And who

MIAMI -- From clubhouse DJ to fun-loving first baseman, Justin Bour is one of the Marlins' most entertaining and productive players.
Listed at 6-foot-3, 265-pounds, Bour proudly proclaimed his affinity for sweets -- specifically donuts. He's sported an "I want abs but I want donuts more" T-shirt on national television.
And who could forget the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Marlins Park in July? With the baseball world tuned in, Bour clubbed moonshot after moonshot before taking a short break.
It wasn't your typical water break, either. It was a donut break, as Bour played to the crowd while Giancarlo Stanton fed him the tasty treats.

Bour finished the round with 22 home runs. It wasn't enough to derail Aaron Judge, who went on to be the Derby champion. However, the case could be made that Bour was the people's champion that night, stealing the show with his playful yet powerful performance.
"I didn't watch much baseball growing up," Bour said at the time. "I liked to play it, but the Home Run Derby is something you've got to sit down and watch and enjoy. To be a part of that and have my family come out and be there with me, it's going to be a very special moment."
This offseason, Bour has been on the go, traveling to Japan, where he visited his former teammate, Ichiro Suzuki.
• Bour takes BP with Ichiro in Japan
In the clubhouse, Bour's presence is felt even more. Each day, the music played pregame and postgame is from the first baseman's playlist. His musical interest spans decades -- you can hear anything and everything from "Tuesday's Gone" by Lynyrd Skynyrd to country, hard rock and rap.

On the field, Bour is a left-handed power threat in the middle of the lineup. He connected on 25 home runs and drove in 83, the most of any returning player on the team. And the Marlins will be counting on Bour's power even more now that Stanton and Marcell Ozuna have been traded.
The key for Bour is health. Injuries slowed him down the past two years, limiting him to 108 games in 2017 and 90 in '16.
Shortly after the Home Run Derby, Bour went on the disabled list with a strained right oblique, missing more than six weeks. A left ankle injury cost him two months in 2016.
"That's one thing he is, is dangerous," manager Don Mattingly said in September. "He's kind of showed that over the last couple of seasons. When he's in there, he's a dangerous guy. He can hit the ball out of the ballpark pretty much anywhere off anybody."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.