Chad Bowen died on 4/21/08 just a week shy of what would have been his 26th birthday.
Chad was the winning pitcher in the first game the Brooklyn Cyclones ever played at Jamestown NY on June 19, 2001.
Drafted by the Mets in the 8th round of the 2000 draft, Chad was the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year, Rookie League All-Star SP, and Appalachian League All-Star RHP. He also won the Doubleday Award in 2000 for Player of the Year for Kingsport prior to his time in Brooklyn.
He pitched for 4 years in the Mets organization, 2 of them at Brooklyn. Following his release in 2003 he spent some time playing independent ball before retiring.
According to the obituary he worked at Plumgood Food.
No cause was given for his death.
A 25 year old former Cyclone should be mentioned in the sports pages, not the obituaries.