It was recently discovered that former LA Angels relief pitcher, Ben Rowen, would get a front office role upon retiring in 2021. The Athletic's Sam Blum had caught up with Rowen in an article about his position. There seems to be optimism surrounding the role as this is clearly a...
Former big league reliever Ben Rowen has retired from playing, he tells Sam Blum of the Athletic. Last month, the 33-year-old accepted an advance scouting position with the Angels, the club with which he played in 2021. Rowen appeared in parts of three MLB seasons, scattered over a seven-year span....
Rowen announced his retirement Friday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports. Rowen returned to the majors for the first time since 2016 during the 2021 campaign, and he made eight appearances for the Angels. The right-hander made 20 relief appearances in the big leagues during his 12-year career and posted a 6.26 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 23 innings.
Rowen was designated for assignment by the Angels on Wednesday. The 32-year-old surrendered six runs over his last two appearances out of the bullpen, leading to his removal from the 40-man roster. Rowen was promoted by the Angels in mid-April and had a 5.56 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 8:2 K:BB over 11.1 innings.
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Ben Rowen was a marketing director for a fire safety company when he got the call to be a pitcher again. “I had to tell my buddy, ‘I have to take a break from putting this fire extinguisher together to take this phone call,’” Rowen recalled Wednesday, two days after his quest to return to the majors culminated in his first big-league appearance in five years.
Ben Rowen reached a crossroads in 2018, his nine years of professional baseball netting the lanky right-hander more stops at minor league outposts (13) than big league appearances (12) and little in the way of career earnings. The former Palos Verdes High School and Los Angeles Harbor College pitcher struggled...