Eric Owens (baseball)
February 3, 1971 |
|June 6, 1995 for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 2003 for the Anaheim Angels|
Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 4th round of the 1992 MLB amateur draft, Owens would make his Major League Baseball debut with the Reds on June 6, 1995. The Reds traded him to the Florida Marlins in March 1998 for a player to be named later (Jesus Martinez). In 1998, Owens' contract was purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers.
After one year with the Brewers, Owens was granted free agency. He signed a contract with the San Diego Padres on December 10, 1998. Owens shared a locker with country music legend Garth Brooks during Spring Training in 1999, and the two have remained friends to this day.
On July 15, 1999, while playing for the Padres, Owens became the first player to collect a hit at Seattle's Safeco Field, lining the sixth pitch of the game from Mariners' starter Jamie Moyer into shallow right field during an interleague game. The Padres traded Owens to the Florida Marlins prior to the 2001 season in a five-player deal that saw San Diego send Omar Ortiz and Matt Clement to the Marlins for Cesar Crespo and Mark Kotsay.
His last season in affiliated baseball was the 2004 season, which he spent playing for the Toledo Mud Hens in the Detroit Tigers organization. He spent two more seasons playing in the Mexican Leagues. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hired Owens as the hitting coach for the Single-A Midwest League affiliate the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2006. He returned to Cedar Rapids in 2007 and will serve in the same capacity with the Double-A Arkansas Travelers in 2008. He was the manager of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and later worked as a roving instructor in the Angels minor league system. He is currently the minor league hitting coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- "Eric Owens Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com". Retrieved 2010-05-24.