The White Sox named Aaron Rowand, the club’s center fielder on their 2005 World Series championship team, as the organization’s minor-league outfield and baserunning instructor Monday.
Rowand, who worked with White Sox and Phillies prospects during spring training this year, replaces Doug Sisson, who left the organization following the 2015 season.
“This is a great opportunity for me to give back to the organization which gave me my professional start,” Rowand said. “As everyone knows, I have a deep passion and loyalty to the White Sox, so I’m excited to help the organization anyway I can. I feel like I have a lot to offer the players coming up through the system, and I can’t wait to get started in spring training.”
Rowand, 38, batted .273 with 136 home runs over 11 seasons in the majors with the White Sox (2001-05), Phillies (2006-07) and Giants (2008-11).
Aaron Rowand during Game 4 of the 2005 World Series. (Getty Images).
“Aaron brings a great deal of passion to the ballpark every day, and we feel like his knowledge and expertise will be valuable assets to our player development system,” White Sox director of player development Nick Capra said. “Aaron’s engaging personality and eagerness to teach make him perfect for this outfield and baserunning role, where he can connect with players up and down our system. White Sox fans have always reserved a special place for Aaron because of his all-out style of play and love for the game, so this is a great fit on many levels.”