1992 selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth round of the 1992 MLB Draft out of Ferrum College, Virginia
1995-1997 Cincinnati Reds (June 7 MLB Debut)
1998 Milwaukee Brewers
1999-2000 San Diego Padres
2001-2002 Florida Marlins
2003 Anaheim Angels
2004 detroit tigers
Played Outfield and Infield positions for all teams.
To view a video highlight reel of Eric Owens dramatic plays watch YouTube video: “Eric Owens Baseball – Great Plays of the 90’s”: https://youtu.be/7_zbOdfiYlI
Professional baseball Coaching: AA, AAA, Major Leagues
2006-2007 LA Angels A- ball Cedar Rapids Hitting Coach
Developed up and coming players, some of which went on to play in the major leagues.
2008 Arkansas Travelers AA Hitting Coach/Manager
Created and implemented day-to-day developmental plans for athletes.
2008 Scottsdale Arizona (fall league) Hitting/Assistant Head Coach
Developed base runners and infielders. Tracked athlete performance. Evaluated talent on an ongoing basis.
2009-2011 LA Angels Outfield Base Running Coordinator
Modeled appropriate behavior on and off the field. Promoted lifelong skills such as discipline, hard work, and good sportsmanship. Implemented outfield conceptual planning for team defense/individual development. Worked closely with coaches and staff to keep all things in compliance with the league.
2011-2014 LA Dodgers Hitting Coordinator
Was the key liaison between multiple groups of athletes, coaches, and game officials. Maintained key relationships with athletes and catered to specific coaching styles. Developed and executed the Dodger’s player evaluation strategy covering a large component of the Dodger’s AA and AAA organizational coaching platform. Presented strategic recommendations to executives equipping them with insights to outperform the competition. Built and managed relationships with coaches, players, and agents to deepen connection between the Dodgers and key stakeholders in the AA and AAA draft process. Proactively communicated player evaluation, injury and schedule information to enhance efficiency and maximize resources of supervisors and executive team.
2015-2016 Toronto Blue Jays Assistant Hitting Coach
Maintained key relationships with highly skilled athletes and catered to specific coaching styles. Worked with players pre and post-game through training drills in order to motivate and improve their performance. Applied active listening skills and positive encouragement to connect/motivate players from all diversities and walks of life. Developed skills on an individual level, helping with physical technical skills, and on a team level to prepare them for competitive play. Developed a deep understanding in research involving the evaluating of velocities for pitchers, outfielders, and infielders. Organized hitting practises, assisted in the preparation of line-ups, and mid in-game decisions during the season. Evaluated talent and provided input regarding strategic in-game decision making. Primarily worked with hitters while also coaching first base. Had the opportunity to coach during 2 consecutive World Series playoff seasons, which led to two historical Blue Jays baseball seasons.
PRIVATE BASEBALL COACHING: PRIVATE ACADEMY, MENTORSHIP
2017 – 2019 Everest Sports Academy Hitting Coordinator
Reinforced the importance of being a student before athlete. In only 2 years, helped place 5 student athletes into prominent colleges to further their anticipated academic and athletic careers. Assisted athletes in choosing colleges that would best fit their abilities and goals. Educate families on the ins and outs of the athletic recruiting process, identified areas of need for the family and explained the value Everest Academy would provide in those areas.
2017 – present Elite mentorship program for up and coming youth in Canada
Program offered after school as a one-on-one training solution in the areas of hitting, fielding and pitching. Created a hitting, pitching and strength/conditioning program to improve players skills and confidence during competitive play. Increased league participation in the Whitby Baseball organization through the building of parental and player relationships. Ongoing communication with young players to help them achieve a better knowledge of the game.Teach positive mental attitude “PMA” during games and when confidence is down. Instruct youth for a 3-week summer training camp which has attendance of over 150+ youth per year. Several extra clinics are provided throughout the year to address areas needing improvement during different times of the baseball year.
Maintained a professional relationship with parents which helped build the rapport of the program. Instructed baseball players of all ages to improve their skills and help them gain exposure for scholarships and higher-level baseball teams.
Achievements and Awards
- 1991 & 1992 as a ballplayer, led Ferrum College’s team into the NCAA regionals three times and was named to the All-America first team, including a pair of south regional runner-up finishes in both seasons, while earning Dixie Conference “Player of the Year” honors.
- 1992 Division 3 College USA National Player of the Year.
- 1995 AAA American Association MVP
- July 15, 1999, became the first player to collect a hit at Safeco Field, lining the sixth pitch of the game from Seattle Mariners starter Jamie Moyer into shallow right field during an interleague game. Gained induction into the Ferrum College Alumni Sports Hall of Fame as part of its induction class of 2002
- 2008 coached the Arkansas Travelers which won the Texas AA league championship
- 2015 – 2016 ALCS Division Series with Toronto Blue Jays (first since 1993)
- 25 straight years experience in playing and coaching at a high level (13 years playing, 12 years coaching)
- Had the opportunity and honour to work alongside prominent people such as Bruce Body, Mike Soscia, and Joe Maddon.
- Have been inducted into Ferrum College, Roanoke, Virginia, and Danville halls of fame.
External links, Notes and References
- Ferrum Hall of Fame: https://www.ferrumpanthers.com/athletics/hall_of_fame/index
- Roanoke Hall of Fame: https://www.thefranklinnewspost.com/sports/hall-of-fame/article_5396a52e-51d6-5c9f-a25a-ce554df42301.html
- Retrosheet box score http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1999/B07150SEA1999.htm
- Quakes announce 2009 coaching staff – Major League veteran Eric Owens tabbed as new manager
- National Post Blue Jays Article: https://nationalpost.com/sports/baseball/mlb/toronto-blue-jays-hire-eric-owens-as-their-first-assistant-hitting-coach-2
- Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Owens_(baseball)
- BaseballReference.com https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/owenser01.shtml
- Friarsonbase.com Friar fan favourite Eric Owens: https://friarsonbase.com/2014/10/26/forgotten-friars-eric-owens/
Eric Blake Owens (born February 3, 1971) is a former professional baseball outfielder and coach. He played for five Major League Baseball teams from 1995 through 2003. Owens was born in Danville, Virginia. and attended Tunstall High School from 1986- 1989.
Owens was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth round of the 1992 MLB Draft out of Ferrum College, where he played baseball and football. As a ballplayer, he led his team into the NCAA Regionals three times and was named to the All-America first team in 1991 and 1992, including a pair of South Regional runner-up finishes in both seasons, while earning Dixie Conference and Division 3 National Player of the Year honors in 1992.
Owens left Ferrum the owner of seven school records, including marks for career batting average (.430), stolen bases (68) and triples (18), while batting over .400 in each of his three college seasons.
Owens made his major league debut with the Reds in 1995, playing with them for three seasons before joining the Milwaukee Brewers (1998), San Diego Padres (1999–2000), Florida Marlins (2001–2002) and Anaheim Angels (2003).
On July 15, 1999, Owens became the first player to collect a hit at Safeco Field, lining the sixth pitch of the game from Seattle Mariners starter Jamie Moyer into shallow right field during an interleague game.
Additionally, Owens played in the Minor Leagues in all or parts of 10 seasons spanning 1992–2005, including stints with the Toledo Mud Hens of the Detroit Tigers organization in 2004 and the Mexican League in 2005. In between, he played winter ball with the Águilas del Zulia and Leones del Caracas clubs of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League during the 1996–1999 seasons.
Owens gained induction into the Ferrum College Alumni Sports Hall of Fame as part of its Induction Class of 2002.Roanoke Salem Baseball Hall of Fame January 2005, and Danville Register & Bee Hall of Fame December 2008.
Following his playing career, Owens was hired by the Angels as the hitting coach for their Single-A Midwest League affiliate Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2006. He returned to Cedar Rapids in 2007 and served in the same capacity with the Double-A Arkansas Travelers winning the Texas League championship in 2008. After that, he managed the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and later worked as a roving instructor in the Angels minor league system, outfield baserunning, and assistant hitting coordinator.
Eric became the Dodgers Hitting Coordinator from October 2010 to October 2014.
On January 2, 2015, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that he would be their assistant hitting coach for the 2015 and 2016 season, thus being named the first assistant hitting coach in the Jays franchise history.