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- CF, LF, OF, RF, DH
- August 29, 1977
- 220 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 6-16-2001 with CHA
- Allstar Selections:
- 2007 GG
Aaron Ryan Rowand (born August 29, 1977) has played for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins.
Early Life and College Career
Rowand attended Glendora High School in California and graduated in 1995.
He was drafted by the New York Mets, but decided to go to Cal State Fullerton instead. In 1998, Rowand earned All-America honors before being picked by the Chicago White Sox in the first round (35th pick) of the 1998 amateur draft.
Major League Career
Chicago White Sox (2001–2005)
Rowand made his debute for the Chicago White Sox on June 16, 2001 as a pinch hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals. He finished fourth among American League rookies in batting average at .293.
Part of 2002 was spent recovering from a broken left shoulder blade and rib from a dirt bike accident in the off season. He was sent back to the minors in 2003, but returned to the majors after 32 games.
2004 was a better year. As a regular starter, he had close to 500 at bats. Rowand posted his second highest career on base percentage at .361.
He was part of the 2005 Chicago White Sox team that won the World Series. In the postseason, he had a .267 batting average with 8 runs and 6 doubles. He also walked 4 times and had 1 stolen base.
Philadelphia Phillies (2006–2007)
On November 23, 2005, Rowand was traded by the White Sox along with minor league pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Daniel Haigwood to the Philadelphia Phillies for first baseman Jim Thome.
Rowand is known for his May 11, 2006 spectacular play that had him smashing into the center field fence of Citizens Bank Park at full speed in order to run down a deep fly ball off the bat of Xavier Nady with the bases loaded, stopping three runs from scoring. He suffered a broken nose and severe lacerations to his face requiring seven hours of surgery to repair the nose.
On August 21, 2006, in a game against the Chicago Cubs, Rowand collided with second baseman Chase Utley and broke his ankle. He was out for the rest of the season.
2007, a contract year, proved to be a great one for Rowand. He finished with a batting average of .309, 27 home runs, 89 runs batted in, and 6 stolen bases. He went to the 2007 MLB All-Star Game in San Francisco, for his first All-Star appearance. He earned his first Gold Glove Award for his outfield play that year, including 11 outfield assists and only 2 errors all season.
San Francisco Giants (2008–2011)
Rowand signed a five year-$60 million contract with the San Francisco Giants on December 12, 2007. On May 25, 2008, Rowand hit his 100th career home run at Dolphin Stadium.
On July 31, 2009, Rowand collected his 1,000th career hit at home against his former team, the Philadelphia Phillies.
On October 28, 2010, Rowand hit a 2 RBI triple in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 2 of the 2010 World Series. He then scored off an Andres Torres RBI double to extend the Giants lead 9-0 over the Texas Rangers. The Giants won the series, and Rowand earned his second World Series championship.
He was released on September 8, 2011.
Miami Marlins (2011–present)
On December 12, 2011, Rowand signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins.
He married Marianne Griffen on November 27, 1999, and has three children.
Rowand is the first cousin of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher James Shields.
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