May 7th, 2006

Whatever happened to Rob Bowen

For anyone who ever wondered whatever happened to one-day Tiger Rob Bowen, he hit a walkoff homer for the Padres Saturday night:

A switch-hitter born in Texas but raised in Indiana, Bowen caught atotal of 24 games for the Twins in 2003 and ’04 but spent all of last
season in Triple-A Rochester. Detroit claimed him on waivers and tried
to slip him through waivers to send him to Toledo, but the Padres put
in a claim — and got more than they anticipated, by all accounts.

Billed as a solid defensive catcher with some pop but an unimpressive
.238 career average in the Minors, Bowen has looked like a smart,
talented hitter — and it shows in his .389 average, .667 slugging and
.478 on-base marks in 18 at-bats.

Go figure.