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Spike Owen played 13 seasons in the majors, primarily as a shortstop. He never won a Gold Glove, although various of his fielding stats sometimes led the league. Prior to his major league career he was the University of Texas during the time of Roger Clemens.

The Seattle Mariners drafted Spike in the first round (6th) pick on June 7, of the 1982 amateur draft. He spent the rest of the year in the AA Eastern League with the Lynn Sailors. He produced a .266 batting average with 68 hits in 241 at bats. Spike spent 1983 with the Salt Lake City Gulls where he hit .266 again. He also appeared in 80 games with the major league Mariners managing only a .196 BA but the rookie shortstop fielded at a steady .970 clip.

A steady-fielding switch-hitter with little power from either side of the plate, Owen was named captain of the Mariners at the start of the 1986 season and as of 2007 he remains the only Mariners captain in history. But he was traded to the Boston Red Sox on August 19, 1986. In his third game with Boston on August 21, he tied a major league record with six runs in a 24-5 rout of the Cleveland Indians. In the 1986 ALCS that the Red Sox beat the Angels Spike had 9 hits in 21 at bats for a .429 average. Also in the World Series against the New York Mets that the Red Sox lost in 7 games, Owen had 6 hits in 20 at bats for a .300 average.

Owen, along with Dan Gakeler, was traded to the Montreal Expos for John Dopson and Luis Rivera before the 1989 season and became the Expos' starting shortstop. He flourished defensively in Montreal, leading the league in fielding percentage twice and setting the NL record with 61 consecutive errorless games at shortstop, though that record has since been surpassed by Rey Ordonez.

Spike stayed with the Expos team through 1992 and then signed as free agent with the 1993 New York Yankees. Before the 1994 season the Yankees traded Owen, with an unannounced sum of cash, to the California Angels for Jose Musset (minors). Owen played 82 games with the Angels and finished out the year with the California League class A Lake Elsinore Storm.

The 35 year old shortstop appeared in two games for the American Association Oklahoma City 89ers in 1996 and at that time was given his unconditional release.

Owen also was a coach for the Round Rock Express from 2002 through 2006 and 2011-2014. Owen was also the interim manager in early June 2011 for Round Rock, while Bobby Jones was on the Texas Rangers' coaching staff [1]. Owen got his first full managing job with the High Desert Mavericks in 2015.

Owen is the younger brother of former major league infielder Dave Owen.

He is one of several major league players named "Spike", with the first one being Spike Brady from 1875. However, in Owen's case, Spike is really his first name rather than a nickname.

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[edit] Sources

Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition
SABR MILB Database:page

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