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Robert McClure Bowen (born February 24, 1981) is an American former professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, and Oakland Athletics.

Rob Bowen
Born: (1981-02-24) February 24, 1981 (age 38)
Bedford, Texas
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2003, for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
September 24, 2008, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average.209
Home runs9
Runs batted in43


High school yearsEdit

Bowen attended Homestead High School in Fort Wayne. His senior year (1999), he earned All-State honors and was named the Indiana State Player of the Year by Gatorade and USA Today.


Minnesota TwinsEdit

Shortly after graduating from Homestead, Bowen was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the second round of the 1999 amateur draft, and made his debut with the Twins as a September call-up in 2003. He combined to play 24 games in the 2003 & 2004 seasons before spending the entire 2005 season in the Twins' farm system.

Detroit TigersEdit

During spring training 2006, he was placed on waivers by the Twins, and selected by the Detroit Tigers.

San Diego PadresEdit

Later the same Spring, he was again placed on waivers, and was this time claimed by the San Diego Padres.

Rob Bowen with Athletics in 2008.

Chicago CubsEdit

On June 20, 2007, the Chicago Cubs acquired Bowen and minor league outfielder Kyler Burke from the Padres in exchange for catcher Michael Barrett.

Oakland AthleticsEdit

Bowen was designated for assignment by Chicago and traded to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for fellow catcher Jason Kendall on July 16 of that year. He was released by the Oakland Athletics on March 17, 2009.[1]


  1. ^ "A's release C Rob Bowen".

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