Bowen joined Pittsburgh's Baseball Operations staff as a Special Assistant to the General Manager in February of 2005. He and Jimmy Lester will serve as the club's two National Crosscheckers.
"We are thrilled that Jack has chosen to join Greg Smith in the amateur scouting department as a National Crosschecker,” said Huntington. “Jack brings quality experience to this position along with the ability to evaluate players and help develop our evaluators. We will miss him in the professional scouting department, but his impact on the amateur side will be significant."
The 48-year-old Bowen spent eight years within the scouting department of the New York Mets before coming to the Pirates. He spearheaded three amateur drafts as the Mets Director of Scouting from 2002-04 and also served the New York organization as a National Crosschecker, Assistant Scouting Director and Special Assignment Scout.
“With the level of experience that Jack has, we are happy to bring him on,” said Smith. “Being able to add his leadership qualities to our young staff will be invaluable."
Bowen, who resides in Bethel Park, PA, actually began his scouting career with the Pirates in 1985 as a Scouting Supervisor. After working in that capacity through the 1990 season, Jack joined the Cincinnati Reds as their Regional Crosschecker in January of 1991. He also spent four years (1994-97) as the Northern Crosschecker for the San Francisco Giants before joining the Mets in 1997.
His grandfather Rex was the Pirates Scouting Director from 1959 to 1967 and was responsible for signing Hall-of-Famer Bill Mazeroski, 1960 National League MVP Dick Groat and 1962 MVP Maury Wills. His uncle Joe was also a scout with the Bucs in the 50’s and 60’s.