Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Birthday - 11/27

Happy Birthday to ~

LHP Luis Ramirez (19)
An international free agent out of Venezuela, Ramirez saw his first professional action in 2014 for the Dominican Summer League Astros. In seven appearances out of the bullpen, he was 1-2 with a 2.55 ERA, a 1.019 WHIP and two saves.

These former Astros also celebrate the day ~

LHP Raul Valdes (37)
Originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2004, the Cuban born Valdes was claimed by Houston off waivers from the Phillies in October 2013. He appeared in eight games for Houston in 2014 with forgettable results before being traded to the Blue Jays in May. He is currently a free agent.

RHP Dave Giusti (75)
Giusti was signed by Houston as an amateur free agent in 1961 and pitched for the Colt .45's in 1962 and 1964 and for the Astros in 1965 to 1968. In 176 games (118 starts), he had a 47-53 record with a 4.02 ERA and 1.284 WHIP. His best seasons were with the Pirates in the early to mid-70's. He had one All-Star appearance and won one World Series while with Pittsburgh.

C Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez (43)
Rodriguez signed with Houston as a free agent in March 2009. In 93 games for Houston that season, he hit .251/.280/.382 and had a 32% caught stealing rate. In August of 2009, he was traded to the Rangers for Matt Nevarez and Jose Vallejo. Rodriguez was an All-Star 14 times while playing with Texas and Detroit as well as a 13-time Gold Glove winner and a 7-time Silver Slugger. He was the American League MVP in 1999 for Texas. He won his only World Series for the Marlins in 2003.

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