LHP and Broadcaster Extraordinaire Jim Deshaies (52)
Originally drafted by the Yankees in the 21st round in 1982, Deshaies came to Houston in a September 1985 trade for Joe Niekro. In 181 games pitched for the Astros from 1985 to 1991, he was 61-59 with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.255 WHIP. On September 23, 1986, he became the first pitcher in over 100 years to strike out the first eight batters he faced. He also holds another record -- the most career at-bats (373) with no extra base hits. Deshaies also campaigned for and received one Hall of Fame vote in 2001, which is one more than Howard Johnson and Andy Van Slyke. Since 1997, Deshaies has been an Astros broadcaster and is known for his often witty retorts. Courtesy of Alyson Footer, here are just a few from this season.
Astros One Liners
"Get this man some oxygen!" Deshaies, after Carlos Lee legged out a triple in the ninth.
"That pitch was up, but then most pitches are up for Altuve." Deshaies
"He has a high pitchability quotient. The HPQ. Don't look it up. I made it up." Deshaies, praising Jordan Lyles.
"If the Marlins hit a grand slam, Bea Arthur appears." Deshaies, on home run sculpture at Marlins Park.
"Jamie Moyer is baseball's version of Betty White." Jim Deshaies.