Rob Bowen is a former Switch-Hitting Major League Catcher that played for the Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, and the Oakland Athletics. He spent 10 years in professional baseball, including 5 seasons of those in the Major Leagues. Rob broke into the big leagues at the young age of 22 and also had the opportunity to play with the Minnesota Twins and the San Diego Padres in the post season. After playing with and against some of the game’s best players and future Hall of Famers, Rob has amassed an enormous amount of knowledge along the way.
Beginning to play the great game of baseball at 4 years old, Rob didn’t really start to pursue the challenge of playing pro ball until he was 13 as he was being scouted by college and pro scouts in Middle School. By putting in hard work and dedication during his teenage years, Rob won numerous awards including Varsity all 4 years in High School, All- State, All-American, Gatorade and USA Today Indiana Baseball Player of the Year, Team USA 18U Member, Area Code Games Participant and more.
After having hundreds of colleges recruiting Rob, he signed a letter of intent to play at Louisiana State University. LSU offered him the highest scholarship ever as a Freshman at that time. Rob’s goal of playing pro ball came true when he was drafted in the 2nd round (56th Overall) by the Minnesota Twins in the 1999 Amateur Draft. After he retired from baseball in 2009 and to cap off proof of his hard work during his career, Rob was inducted into the Northeast Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.
Rob takes pride in showing players of all levels just how much they can get out of themselves when they work harder and with more purpose than all of their peers. “Success comes from outworking everyone else.”
Rob’s incredible journey beginning in Amateur Ball and ending with playing in the Major Leagues is what really inspired him to start Red Alert Baseball. He wanted to share all of his knowledge and experience he has accumulated in professional baseball to help those that are pursuing the ultimate dream and help them get there.
Rob has caught several All-Stars, Cy Young Winners and 2 Hall of Famers in his career. His resume also includes catching Trevor Hoffman’s record tying 478th save in 2006, tying Lee Smith for the all-time Saves Leader. Rob is also one of only less than one hundred in baseball history to hit a home run from each side of the plate in the same game (August 8, 2007). The following are just a few of the people that really impacted Rob’s career and had an opportunity to learn valuable knowledge from by either playing with or getting coached from:
Paul Molitor, Tom Kelly, Joe Nathan, AJ Pierzynski, Johan Santana, Trevor Hoffman, Jake Peavy, Greg Maddox, Mike Piazza, Ryan Klesko, Bruce Bochy, Don Wakamatsu, Floyd Rayford, Tony Gwynn, Merv Rettenmund, Bud Black, Tony Gwynn, Alan Embree, Lou Pinella, John Russell, Mike Sweeney, Ty Van Berkleo, Frank Thomas, Vinny Castilla, Rene Lachemann.
In addition to Red Alert Baseball, Rob has been working in Law Enforcement since 2010. Upon graduating the Police Academy, Rob won the Top Gun Award for best overall shooter (95%), Academic Achievement Award (Highest Grade in Class – 97%) and the Overall Top Cadet Award. He has worked in Metro Atlanta as a Patrol Officer and K9 Handler/Criminal Interdiction Officer and is currently a Lieutenant, SWAT Member, and K9 Handler at a South Georgia Sheriff’s Office. A lot of the training methods and ideas that Law Enforcement uses has had a major influence on how he approaches baseball training and learning today.