Sunday, May 25, 2014

Happy Birthday - 5/25

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Jarred Cosart (24)
Cosart was a 38th round draft pick by the Phillies in 2008, going in the lower rounds primarily because of signability issues. He came to Houston in July 2011 along with Jon Singleton, Josh Zeid and Domingo Santana in the Hunter Pence trade. Since his fantastic debut on July 12, 2013, he has gone 4-5 in 20 games with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.370 WHIP.

Two former Astros celebrate today as well ~

LHP Bob Knepper (60)
A second round draft pick by the Giants in 1972, Knepper came to Houston in December of 1980 as a part of  the Giant's trade for Enos Cabell. He pitched for Houston from 1981 to 1989 with a 93-100 record, a 3.66 ERA and a 1.306 WHIP in 284 games (267 starts). His best season for the Astros was in 1986 when he went 17-12 with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.140 WHIP. He was an All Star for Houston in 1981 and 1988, and let the National League in shutouts in 1978 and 1986 (for the Giants and Astros, respectively).

SS Miguel Tejada (40 as far as I know)
Originally signed by Oakland out of the Dominican Republic in 1993, Tejada came to Houston in a December 2007 trade with the Orioles for Luke Scott, Dennis Sarfate, Matt Albers, Troy Patton and Mike Costanzo one day before being named in the Mitchell Report in connection with steroids. He played in 316 games for Houston in 2008 and 2009, hitting .298/.327/.435. He was an All Star six times, won the Silver Slugger two times, was American League MVP in 2002, among many other notable achievements during his career. It was reported last week that he was signing a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins.

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