Sunday, March 22, 2015

Happy Birthday - 3/22

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Ezequiel Madera (19)
An international free agent from the Dominican Republic, Madera got his first professional experience in the Dominican Summer League in 2014. In nine appearances (11 innings), he had a 7.36 ERA and a 1.455 WHIP.

Several former Astros have birthdays today as well ~

OF Dexter Fowler (29)
Originally drafted by the Rockies in the 14th round in 2004, Fowler came to Houston in the December 2013 trade that sent Brandon Barnes and Jordan Lyles to the Rockies. In 116 games for Houston in 2014, he hit .276/.375/.399 with 21 doubles, four triples and eight home runs. Fowler was traded to the Cubs in January 2015 for RHP Dan Straily and 3B Luis Valbuena.

3B Sean Berry (49)
Drafted by the Royals in the first round in 1986, Berry came to Houston in a trade with the Expos in 1995 and played for the Astros from 1996 through 1998. He hit .283/.342/.476 with 79 doubles, three triples and 38 home runs in 330 games. Berry served as hitting coach for the Astros from July of 2006 until July of 2010. Most recently, he has served as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Padres.

IF Billy Goodman (died October 1, 1984 at 58)
After having spent the majority of his playing days with Boston, as well as stints with the White Sox and Orioles, Goodman played in 82 games for the Colt .45's in 1962 at the end of his career. He hit .255/.306/.292, but his career line over 16 seasons was .300/.376/.378 in 1623 games. He was a two-time All-Star and led the American League in batting average in 1950 when he hit .354 over 110 games.

MGR Matt Galante (71)
Matt Galante managed the Astros for 27 games in 1999, going 13-14, as Larry Dierker recovered from brain surgery.

RHP Jeremy Griffiths (37)
Drafted by the Mets in the third round in 1999, Griffiths pitched in a total of 10 games in his major league career, one of those for the Astros in 2004. Griffiths came to Houston with David Weathers in the Mets trade for Richard Hidalgo in June 2004.

I would also like to wish Ryan Dunsmore, Crawfish Boxes contributor and photoshop king, a very happy birthday.

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