Chris Rowley and history

| August 13, 2017 | 20 Comments

Bill sends us a link from MLB.COM in regards to the Toronto Blue Jays new pitcher, Chris Rowley, who became the first West Point graduate to pitch for Major League Baseball last night.

Rowley became the first graduate of United States Military Academy to pitch in the Major Leagues when he debuted Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre. More important, Rowley left a lasting impression by tossing 5 1/3 strong innings in Toronto’s 7-2 victory over the Pirates.

Less than two years ago, Rowley was on active duty in the United States Army. The big leagues were nothing more than a pipe dream for the undrafted pitcher, who joined the Toronto organization as a Minor League free agent in the summer of 2013. Now he has a Major League win and an entirely new country filled with fans who are quickly learning his backstory.

For a West Point grad, he sure needs a haircut and a shave.

Category: Army News

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  1. Club Manager says:

    What year did he graduate and how long did he serve on active duty?

    • Devtun says:

      2013 grad, and served for 30 months AD. Chris was granted an exception to his 5 yr active duty service commitment. Pretty common over the years w/ David Robinson, Napoleon McCallum, Chad Hennings, and others getting waivers to play pro ball. Former Dallas Cowboys great Roger Staubach served out his full commitment to the navy – those days are done.

      • Club Manager says:

        Thanks. Can’t say I agree with the waivers because they show favoritism under the BS guise of “promoting” the service branch. He should at least be compelled to pay uncle back for the cost of his education prorated for his AD time.

        • desert says:

          Yeh, especially considering the overrated paychecks this people get!! Personnally, I would prefer a career in the military…west point…guaranteed at least a Colonels rank at retirement, if he didn’t screw up…..imo

      • NEC338x says:

        Mitch Harris served four years AD following the Naval Academy. He pitch for the the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015 and 2016. Got dropped this year after damaging his throwing arm. Those days aren’t gone. It just matters who is signing the waiver.

      • luddite4change says:

        Former Dallas Cowboys great Roger Staubach served out his full commitment to the navy – those days are done.

        I believe that the commitment in those days was less than today, so not entirely equal.

      • Devtun says:

        Sorry, misspoke on Napoleon McCallum. He was never granted a waiver for early release to play in the NFL. McCallum played for the LA Raiders in 1986 while on AD when he was home ported near LA. McCallum picked up his NFL career in 1990 after his service obligation was completed. His football career ended in 1994 after suffering a severe leg injury that almost required amputation.

  2. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Looks like he did a really good job for his first start:

    5 1/3 innings – 5 hits, 1 run (earned), 1 base on balls, 3 strikes, ERA = 1.69
    He threw 75 pitches, 47 were strikes.

  3. J Wright says:

    Major General Abner Doubleday (USMA 1842) played some ball.

  4. Jay says:

    My old S4A at Recon was a USNA grad and was drafted by the Jays. He got PTAD to go to spring training in 2015.

  5. FatCircles0311 says:

    So they are praising him for skipping out on his obligation?

    Shouldn’t it be the other way around……

  6. Cpl/Major Mike says:

    Nothing but bullshit.

  7. OldManchu says:

    Fuck this guy for using his talent to get out of his obligation waiver or not he chose it.

    This is about as far opposite as one can get from a Pat Tillman and a Kevin Tillman. Kevin had already signed for a pro baseball team and walked away from it to serve in war.

  8. Young Bud Fox says:

    Must have qualified “Expert” in hand grenades. No money in throwing those around.

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