Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Happy Birthday - 1/13

No future Astros with birthdays today, but these former Astros celebrate ~

UT Ron Brand (75)
Drafted from the Pirates in the 1964 Rule 5 draft, Brand played in 300 games for Houston from 1965 to 1968, hitting .231/.293/.270. He spent time as catcher, third baseman, second baseman, left fielder and right fielder while playing for Houston. He went on to play shortstop and centerfield for Montreal.

LHP Mike Madden (58)
Madden came to Houston, along with Kevin Bass and Frank DiPino in a September 1982 trade with Milwaukee for Don Sutton. In 71 games (26 starts) for the Astros from 1983 to 1986, he was 12-10 with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.603 WHIP.

SS Orlando Miller (46)
A native of Panama, Miller came to Houston in a March 1990 trade with the Yankees and played in 247 games for Houston from 1994 to 1996 with a batting line of .262/.307/.406. Miller left Houston in this nine-player trade to Detroit on 12/10/96 (from Baseball-Reference):
The Houston Astros traded Doug Brocail, Brian Hunter, Todd Jones, Orlando Miller and cash to the Detroit Tigers for Brad Ausmus, Jose Lima, Trever Miller, C.J. Nitkowski and Daryle Ward.

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