Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Birthday - 12/19

Happy Birthday to ~

OF Brandon Meredith (23)
Drafted out of San Diego State in the sixth round in 2011, Meredith spent his second professional season at Lexington in 2012. After being hampered somewhat by injuries in 2011, he showed what he can do when healthy this season as he hit .278/.377/.506 with 19 doubles, four triples, 15 home runs. 48 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 86 games.

Tom Lawless (56)
Lawless started the season as a roving coach for the Astros and ended it by managing the Oklahoma City Redhawks when Tony DeFrancesco took over as interim manager of the Astros in 2012.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

OF Walt "No Neck" Williams (69)
Where have all the good nicknames gone? No Neck signed with Houston as an amateur free agent prior to the 1963 season. In 10 games for the Colt .45's in 1964, Williams went hitless in nine at-bats. He went on to play several more seasons with the White Sox, Indians and Yankees with a .270/.310/.365 career batting line.

RHP Joe Slusarski (46)
Originally drafted by Oakland in the second round in 1988, Slusarski came to Houston as a free agent in May 1998. In 65 games pitched for the Astros in 1999, 2000 and 2001, he had a 4.57 ERA and a 1.379 WHIP.

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