Bob Dean Howry Bio Info
Bobby Dean (Bob) Howry...He and his wife, Dena, have a daughter, Kalyn, and a son, Tyler...Graduated from Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Ariz...Played collegiately at McNeese State University and Yavapai Junior College (Prescott, Ariz.), where he helped his team win 1993 Junior College World Series...Selected by the Houston Astros in the 29th round of the 1992 First-Year Player Draft but chose not to sign...Selected by the Florida Marlins in the 45th round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft but chose not to sign...Signed by Elanis Westbrooks.
Ranked third on the Giants with 63 appearances, 63.2 relief innings pitched and 10 holds...also ranked second with 20 games finished...Held opponents scoreless in 47 of his 63 outings...Held opponents to a .214 average (50-for-234), the third-lowest mark of his career...limited righties to a .207 average (30-for-145) and lefties to a .225 average (20-for-89)...first batters faced hit at a .193 clip (11-for-57)...Allowed only 7 of 23 inherited runners (30.4%) to score...Became first pitcher in Major League history Allowed 3 walk-off home runs, all to rookies: Colby Rasmus on July 1 @ Cardinals, Garrett Jones on July 17 @ Pirates, and Drew Stubbs on Aug. 20 @ Reds...is first player in Major League history to allow 3 walk-off home runs to rookies in his career...Held opponents scoreless in 30 of his final 41 games (2.64 ERA, 13 ER in 44.1 IP) from June 6-Oct. 1.
Recorded 15 holds and appeared in 72 games during his 3rd season with Cubs...
his 7 victories tied his career high, also achieved with Cleveland in 2005...was his 3rd season with
6 or more wins, as he had 6 victories in 2007...his 72 appearances gives him 4 consecutive seasons
of 70-plus relief outings dating to 2005 with Cleveland...allowed career-high 13 HRs, including
7 prior to All-Star Break...entered game with at least 2 inherited runners 10 times and prevented
all runners from scoring 6 times....went 10 consecutive games without allowing run, May 18-June
3, throwing 10.1-scoreless innings in that span...pitched in his 600th career game April 7 in
Pittsburgh...picked up his lone save of season April 13 in Philadelphia, tossing scoreless 10th
inning to preserve Cubs 6-5 win...had strong May, posting 1.76 ERA (3er, 15.1ip) in 13 outings...
from Aug. 16 through end of season, allowed runs in just 3 of 15 outings, logging 4.61 ERA (7er,
13.2ip) in that span...did not allow HR in season-high 14 games from Aug. 16 through Sept. 25
(12.2ip)...earned win in consecutive outings Aug. 5-8 - previously had done so June 25-29, 2007...
closed out Chicago's 1-hitter against Houston Sept. 15 at Miller Park with perfect 9th inning...
tied his career high with his 7th win of season, Sept. 24 in New York-NL, recording scoreless 9th
inning (1 H, 2 BB, 2 SO) in 9-6, 10-inning victory.
Howry set a career high for appearances (84). He held opponents scoreless in 66 of those outings, and led the team with 21 holds. He tied Ted Abernathy (1965) and Dick Tidrow (1980) for first on the Cubs' all-time list for most relief appearances in a season since 1900.
Bob had one of the most successful seasons of his career, going 7-4 with a 2.47 ERA in 79 games ... set career marks in wins, ERA, holds (29) and opponents batting average against (.191) ... ranked 10th among American League relievers in ERA ... also was third in the league in holds, tied for third in appearances, tied for fourth in wins (by a reliever) and seventh in opponents batting average against (by a reliever) ... stranded 27 of his 33 inherited runners (18.2 percent scored) ... crafted a 0.99 ERA (4 ER/36.1 IP) in 37 games after the All Star Break ... opponents batted a miniscule .146
off the reliever ... had a season-high 13.1-consecutive scoreless innings streak August 3-September 3 ... gave up 6 hits and 1 walk while fanning 8 batters over the 14-game streak ... committed a fielding error on September 3 at Minnesota ... it was his first error since June 26, 2002 - a 137-game span ... surrendered 2 or more earned runs just four times all season ... recorded a 1.26 ERA in his remaining 75 games ... did not allow an earned run over a 21-game span from August 3-September 19 ... allowed 10 hits and 2 walks while striking out 13 batters ... limited opponents to a .137 average over
the 21.1 innings ... won a career-high four straight decisions April 17-June 15 ... recorded his 50th career save May 28, working 1.0 scoreless inning in a 6-3 defeat of Oakland.
Bob went 4-2 with a 2.74 ERA in his first season with Cleveland ... signed with the Indians as a minor league free agent prior to the season ... spent the first month of the season rehabilitating his elbow ... was a non-roster invitee to big league camp and began throwing off a mound in late March ... pitched in a game for the first time on May 11, working 1.0 scoreless inning ... © was 1-1 in 18 games for Buffalo (AAA) ... held opponents to a .220 average ... worked 2.0 or more innings in six appearances ... was promoted to Cleveland on June 29 and made his first appearance as an Indian that night, tossing a shutout frame ... earned his first win since 2002 on July 9 against Oakland (5-4) ... was the beneficiary of a 3-run inning after pitching a scoreless frame.
Appeared in just four early-season games for Boston as he battled right elbow problems ... was optioned to Pawtucket (AAA) on April 15, where he went 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA in 13 Triple-A appearances ... did not give up a run over his final 8.2
innings (spanning eight games) ... underwent season-ending surgery on July 1 to repair a damaged flexor tendon in his elbow ... was placed on the 60-day disabled list August 22.
Acquired by the Red Sox from the Chicago White Sox for minor leaguers RHP Franklin Francisco and LHP
Byeong An on 7/31...Allowed 10 ER in his first 23.1 IP through May before posting a 2.77 ERA (13 IP, 4 ER) in
15 apps. in June w/the Sox...Was 2-2, 3.91 ERA in 47 relief apps. w/Chicago (50.2 IP, 45 H, 22 R, 22 ER, 17 BB,
31 K) before the trade...Tied career-high with 3.0IP on 7/28 vs. KC...Made his Red Sox debut on 8/1 at Texas (1IP,
1H, 1R/ER, 1K)...Recorded his first loss as a Red Sox on 8/3 at Texas...Pitched 2.0IP of relief on 8/21 vs. Texas,
his longest outing as a Red Sox...Had 0.1IP on 9/11 at TB before leaving game with right elbow tendonitis...Did
not pitch for the next 12 days...Went 1-3, 5.00 ERA in 20 relief outings for the Red Sox (18 IP, 22 H, 15 R, 10 ER,
4 BB, 14 K).
Matched a career-high 69 relief apps. & set new career high w/78.2IP...Was T6th in A.L. w/career-high 21 holds...Converted 5 of 11 save chances (45.5%)...Averaged 7.3 K/9.0IP (64K/78.2IP)...Had a career-high 3.0IP (1ER) on 7/22 vs. Boston.
Recorded the American League's sixth-best
opponents batting average against for a reliever
(.216) in his third season in the majors.
© was 2-4 with 7 saves, 14 holds and a 3.17 ERA in
65 games ... left-handed batters hit just .174 off him, going 21-for-121 with 2 homers ... pitched 2.0 innings in nine games - and allowed
just 1 earned run over the 18.0 innings (0.50
ERA) ... gave up 9 hits and 4 walks and struck out
15 batters ... did not surrender an earned run from August 17-September 13 ... allowed 8 hits over the 14.1 inning streak (spanning 11 games) ... was the tough-luck loser September 5 against Texas (2-1), giving up 1 unearned run in a 1.1-inning appearance ... was ejected in the ninth inning on April 22 when he hit Detroit's Shane Halter with a pitch after both benches had been warned ... served a three-game suspension
April 28-30 ... saw postseason action for the first time in his career, appearing in two contests in the American League Division Series ... underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder following the season ... the surgery was performed October 12 by Dr. James Boscardin at Palos Community Hospital.
Ranked 9th in the A.L. w/28 saves, 8th w/54 games finished and 10th in opps average (.229)...Ranked 7th
in A.L. Rolaids Relief Man standings with 76 pts...Opposing batters hit .172 (11-64) w/RISP...Ranked 8th in A.L.
w/a 82.4 save pct. (28-34)...Earned first M.L. victory 6/30 at KC after losing the first four decisions of his major
league career from 7/5/98 to 5/11/99 (remains a career-high)...Left game on 5/27 at Detroit after being struck in the face by a D. Cruz one-hopper.
Led A.L. rookies w/9 saves, 3rd in games (44) and 10th in strikeouts (51)...Ranked among A.L. relievers
in opps average (3rd, .194), avg. w/runners on base (5th, .189) and holds (T6th, 19)...Averaged 8.5 K per 9
IP...Earned all 9 of his saves and had a 2.27 ERA (11 ER, 43.2 IP) after the All-Star break...Recalled from Calgary
(AAA) on 6/21 and made his M.L. debut later that day vs. Minnesota (2.0IP, 0R)...Struck out a career-high 5 over
2.1 IP on 8/22 at Seattle...Began season at Calgary and appeared in 23 games.