Aaron Rowand

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Aaron Ryan Rowand [1](born August 29, 1977) is an American former professional baseball [2] center fielder in Major League Baseball. He played for the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants.[3] [4]

Philadelphia Phillies (2006–2007)[change | change source]

On November 23, 2005, Rowand was traded by the White Sox along with minor league pitchers Gio González and Daniel Haigwood to the Philadelphia Phillies for first baseman Jim Thome.[5]

On May 11, 2006, in the first inning of a game versus the New York Mets, Rowand made a spectacular play by smashing into the center field fence of Citizens Bank Park face first at full speed in order to run down a deep fly ball off the bat of Xavier Nady with the bases loaded, that would otherwise have scored three runs. Rowand suffered a broken nose and severe lacerations to his face. The Phillies won the game, 2-0, in a rain-shortened 5-inning game. He underwent seven hours of surgery to repair the nose, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He returned to the starting lineup on May 27, 2006.

On August 21, 2006, in a game against the Chicago Cubs, Rowand collided with second baseman Chase Utley and broke his ankle. He was on the disabled list for the remainder of the regular season.

2007, a contract year, proved to be Rowand's breakthrough, both statistically and in recognition around baseball. He finished with a batting average of .309, 27 home runs, 89 runs batted in, and 6 stolen bases.[1] On July 10, 2007, Rowand was selected to the 2007 MLB All-Star Game in San Francisco, for his first All-Star appearance.[1] In the bottom of the 9th, with the bases loaded, two outs, and the AL leading 5-4, Rowand flew out to Alex Ríos in right field to end the game helping give the American League home field advantage in the 2007 World Series.[14] He earned his first Gold Glove Award for his outfield play that year, including 11 outfield assists and only 2 errors all season.

References[change | change source]

  1. "10 Years Ago Today, Aaron Rowand Ran Into a Wall in South Philly". Philadelphia Magazine. 2016-05-11. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  2. PRESS, THE ASSOCIATED. "Aaron Rowand agrees to Giant deal". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  3. "Rowand could have a future in managing". MLB.com. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  4. "Aaron Rowand". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  5. "Aaron Rowand Versus The "Other" Aaron Rowand". Around The Foghorn. 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2020-04-07.