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New General McOwen Happy to be Playing Again

By Adam Wells
By awells@wbbjtv.com

Baseball has always been a huge part in the life of James McOwen.

"I cant remember when I didn't play," James said. "I went to college because of baseball, I have memories from high school and I was able to bond with my father because of it. It's something that means a lot to me."

McOwen attended college at Florida International University where he began to draw the attention of Pro Scouts. Then in 2007, he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners.

"I wouldn't have got on the bus if I didn't think I could play," McOwen said. "I would've just gone home if i couldn't play with those guys who are in the higher levels and I think I can."

In 2009, McOwen had his best season as a pro. He successfully hit in 45 straight games, the longest streak in the minor leagues in 55 years. Then before the 2010 season, he suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to miss six months and the entire season. But despite the injury, he still kept a positive attitude and focused on getting back.

"It was disappointing," McOwen said. "But I looked at it as if it could've been worse. I could've had a bad year before then got hurt and I wouldn't be in baseball. But I have established myself as someone who can help a ball club. I try to always look at things in a positive light."

So now he makes his debut with the Jackson Generals and he's just one step closer to playing in the Majors.