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 Augusta Georgia: sports@ugusta: Johnson-fueled Astros energizing Houston fans 08/09/98
This ceased being a football town when the Oilers fled to Tennessee after the 1996 NFL season; the Rockets won over Houston with NBA titles in 1994 and '95, but a lockout threatens to test fan loyalties.
While it's possible Johnson, a free agent at the end of the season, will go elsewhere next year for millions of dollars for his 97 mph fastball, Houston fans are hopeful he'll stick around to send the Astrodome out in style next season.
That leaves the Astros, who faltered at the box office after the 1994 strike snuffed out a promising season.
www.augustachronicle.com /stories/080998/spo_124-7390.shtml   (567 words)

  
 Major League Baseball : News
He was obtained from the Houston Astros in a 10-player trade that included Finley on Dec. 28, 1994, and played for the Padres' NL West winners in 1996 and San Diego's last NL pennant-winning team in 1998.
Caminiti had documented problems with alcohol abuse during his first tour with the Astros, but was best known for his gutsy performances while he was with the Padres.
Ken Caminiti, the 1996 NL MVP, died of a heart attack at 41 on Sunday.
mlb.mlb.com /NASApp/mlb/mlb/news/mlb_news.jsp?ymd=20041011&content_id=890577&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp   (1018 words)

  
 NetShrine Discussion Forum - This Is One Tuffy
Rhodes, formerly of the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, connected for a solo shot in the first inning and is one homer shy of tying the Japanese record for the most home runs in a single season set by former Yomiuri Giants slugger Sadaharu Oh in 1964.
He signed with the Buffaloes in 1996 after playing for the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs.
Rhodes, in his sixth season with the Buffaloes and an elder statesman among Japan's foreign players, had a previous high of 40 homers in 1999.
www.netshrine.com /vbulletin2/archive/index.php/t-706.html   (1018 words)

  
 Fox Sports Net - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Wisconsin version began as the Wisconsin Sports Network, a gametime-only network created by Time Warner Cable Milwaukee and Group W in 1996 before operations and programming were merged into MSC in time for the 1998 Brewers season.
A sub-feed is offered for Southeast Texas (FSN Houston), which operates evenings and weekends, and is home to the Houston Rockets (NBA), Houston Astros (MLB), Houston Dynamo (MLS), Houston Comets (WNBA), and local collegiate sports.
Fox later purchased 100% of MSC in a swap with Comcast for HTS and renamed it FSN North.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Fox_Sports_Net   (2831 words)

  
 hawk041101
But Owens, 32, a Glen Este High School graduate, is beginning his second season as a Class A minor-league hitting instructor, coaching this season for the Lexington Legends, a Houston Astros affiliate in its first year of existence.
Owens was successful as a hitting coach in his first season, helping the Michigan Battle Cats, Houston's other Class A affiliate, win the Midwest League championship.
He suffered a broken right hand in 1992, then had bone spurs in his left knee in 1994, ligament damage in his left thumb in 1996 and finally a broken right ankle in 1998.
www.cincypost.com /2001/apr/11/hawk041101.html   (673 words)

  
 Boston Red Sox News
Originally signed by Houston as a non-drafted free agent in 1990, the Venezuelan native played part of five major league seasons with the Astros (1994), Padres (1995), Mets (1996-97), and Reds (1998), batting.225 with 10 home runs and 43 RBI in 193 games.
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox and first baseman Roberto Petagine have agreed to a minor league contract for the 2005 season with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
While in the Astros chain, Petagine earned Texas League Most Valuable Players honors with Double-A Jackson in 1993, leading the league with a.334 batting average, 36 doubles and 84 walks in 128 games.
boston.redsox.mlb.com /NASApp/mlb/bos/news/bos_press_release.jsp?ymd=20050208&content_id=940731&vkey=pr_bos&fext=.jsp   (208 words)

  
 Derek Bell BaseballLibrary.com
Bell batted a career-high.334 for the Astros in 1995 and followed that up with 113 RBIs in 1996.
Bell hadn't helped his cause by developing a bad attitude reputation in Houston, a perception enhanced when he offered ill-timed complaints about being dropped down in the batting order on the same day manager Larry Dierker returned to the dugout following a brain seizure.
A streaky right-handed hitter, Bell earned his greatest renown as a key member of the Houston team that won three consecutive NL Central titles in the late 1990's.
www.baseballlibrary.com /baseballlibrary/ballplayers/B/Bell_Derek.stm   (673 words)

  
 Derek Bell BaseballLibrary.com
Bell batted a career-high.334 for the Astros in 1995 and followed that up with 113 RBIs in 1996.
Bell hadn't helped his cause by developing a bad attitude reputation in Houston, a perception enhanced when he offered ill-timed complaints about being dropped down in the batting order on the same day manager Larry Dierker returned to the dugout following a brain seizure.
A streaky right-handed hitter, Bell earned his greatest renown as a key member of the Houston team that won three consecutive NL Central titles in the late 1990's.
www.baseballlibrary.com /baseballlibrary/ballplayers/B/Bell_Derek.stm   (673 words)

  
 Stan Javier BaseballLibrary.com
Javier was traded to the Houston Astros in August 1999, as Houston began to stockpile possible outfielders for its postseason run with four of their outfielders, including Moises Alou and Richard Hidalgo, on the DL.
Javier filled in admirably for Lenny Dykstra, who would be on the bench for the rest of the season with a hamstring strain and a hand injury.
Javier signed a two-year contract for $2.1 million with the San Francisco Giants in December 1995 with an opportunity to be the regular centerfielder, but as luck would have it, spent much of 1996 on the disabled list.
www.baseballlibrary.com /baseballlibrary/ballplayers/J/Javier_Stan.stm   (673 words)

  
 Red Sox discussing Clemens - The Boston Globe
Clemens, who was not offered salary arbitration by the Houston Astros, was informed of the contact, and sources close to Clemens said the pitcher reacted positively to the scenario of a return to Boston.
The theory among those close to Clemens is that if he still wants to pitch, he would return to Houston May 1, the earliest date he can re-sign with the Astros.
Sox pitchers Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett have idolized Clemens, and Tim Wakefield is a holdover from Clemens's tenure with the team, which ended after the 1996 season.
www.boston.com /sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2005/12/11/red_sox_discussing_clemens   (746 words)

  
 This Ain't Brain Surgery - University of Nebraska Press
Nearly everyone in major-league baseball was surprised when longtime Houston Astros player and then broadcaster Larry Dierker was hired to manage the Astros following the 1996 season without previous managerial experience at any level of the game.
In This Ain’t Brain Surgery, Larry Dierker draws on his vast experience of nearly four decades in baseball to reflect on his tenure as Astros manager, telling the reader along the way that the game isn’t so simple, that personalities clash, and that intuition isn’t everything.
"[Larry Dierker] came to be known as one of the brightest and most engaging minds in baseball.
www.nebraskapress.unl.edu /bookinfo/4805.html   (380 words)

  
 Lee Smith BaseballLibrary.com
At the opening of the 1996 season Smith was traded to the Cincinnati Reds where he was primarily used as a setup man. Adjusting to the unfamiliar role led to a shaky season.
Smith signed a minor league deal with the Houston Astros later that year but soon retired again.
Smith won the 1987 All-Star Game for the NL with three shutout innings, but amid rumors that his bulk was beginning to affect his knees, the Cubs' all-time saves leader was traded to the Red Sox for Calvin Schiraldi and Al Nipper in the off-season.
www.baseballlibrary.com /baseballlibrary/ballplayers/S/Smith_Lee.stm   (1256 words)

  
 KFFL - Jeromy Burnitz, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
The Houston Chronicle's Brian McTaggart reports the Houston Astros have set their sights on free-agent OF Jeromy Burnitz, a native of Houston.
Burnitz also had 73 RBI before the break in 1999 and Greg Vaughn set the team mark with 75 RBI in 1996.
Burnitz, who has played in every game this season, entered the game in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement.
www.kffl.com /player/5441/MLB   (2379 words)

  
 Houston Astros : Roster : Manager and Coaches
A veteran of 20 Major League seasons, Gary Gaetti joined the Astros in July 2004 and was named the club's full-time hitting coach at the end of the season.
He played in all 162 games during the 1984 season, missing only eight innings; he batted a career-high.301 in the 1988 campaign; his career-high 35 homers came in 1995 while playing with Kansas City; and he helped the Cardinals to the NLCS in 1996.
Gaetti ranks sixth all-time among third basemen with 360 career home runs, and he is one of 38 players all-time to record 2,200 hits (2,280) and 360 homers.
www.mlb.com /NASApp/mlb/team/coach_staff_bio.jsp?c_id=hou&coachorstaffid=623104172549   (473 words)

  
 CNN.com - MVP Caminiti dies of heart attack - Oct 11, 2004
Caminiti played 10 of his 15-year career for the Houston Astros before leaving baseball in 2001 after splitting the season with the Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers.
Caminiti was a three-time All Star third baseman, though his career was blighted with the admission that he had taken steroids during his MVP season when he batted.326 with 40 home runs and 130 RBIs.
Caminiti, 41, won the award in 1996 while playing for the San Diego Padres.
www.cnn.com /2004/SPORT/10/11/baseball.caminiti   (224 words)

  
 Houston Astros : Roster : Broadcasters
• On October 4, 1996, Dierker moved from the broadcast booth to the dugout when he was named the 11th manager in Astros history.
Brett Dolan enters his first season as a color analyst and play-by-play announcer on the Astros Radio Network.
• An 11-year broadcasting veteran, Raymond also broadcast games for the Triple A Iowa Cubs for five seasons from 2000-04...his other baseball broadcasting experience includes one season with the Class A Charleston River Dogs and four seasons with the Sonoma County Crushers (1995-98) of the Western League.
houston.astros.mlb.com /NASApp/mlb/team/broadcasters.jsp?c_id=hou   (2053 words)

  
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Wood burst onto the scene with the Cubs in 1998, thrusting into the national spotlight when he struck out 20 Houston Astros on May 6 of that season to tie a major-league record.
One of the more popular Giants players of all-time, many SF fans were upset when SF traded Matt Williams instead of Barry Bonds after the 1996 season.
In 2003, Prior and Wood were both selected to the NL All-Star team and both played critical roles in the Cubs drive to the NL Championship Series.
www.sportsgalleryweb.com /baseballs6.htm   (1848 words)

  
 Randy Johnson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Johnson's season turned around on July 31, 1998 when he was traded at the deadline to the Houston Astros for a player to be named later (John Halama), Freddy García and Carlos Guillén.
Johnson was sidelined throughout much of the 1996 season with a back injury, but he rebounded in 1997 with a 20-4 record, 291 strikeouts, and a 2.28 ERA (his personal best).
Randy Johnson was born in Walnut Creek, California.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Randy_Johnson   (1772 words)

  
 Tuffy homers in playoffs
He signed with the Buffaloes in 1996 after playing for the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs.
Rhodes, in his sixth season with the Buffaloes, is an elder statesman among Japan's foreign players.
OSAKA, Japan — Tuffy Rhodes, who tied Sadaharu Oh's record with 55 home runs this season, hit a three-run homer in the eighth Sunday to lead the Kintetsu Buffaloes past the Yakult Swallows 9-6 in the Japan Series.
reds.enquirer.com /2001/10/22/red_tuffy_homers_in.html   (157 words)

  
 JS Online: Astros Trade OF Daryle Ward to Dodgers
Ward came to Houston in December 1996 as part of a massive trade with Detroit.
Ward, 27, hit.276 last season for the Astros, with just 12 home runs and 72 RBIs.
Ward said he was surprised by the trade, and he didn't think his play was a problem in Houston.
www.jsonline.com /sports/brew/ap/jan03/ap-bbn-astros-dodg012603.asp?format=print   (549 words)

  
 Roberto Petagine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Roberto Antonio Petagine /petɑːˈgɪneɪ/ (born June 7, 1971 in Nueva Esparta State, Venezuela) is a first baseman in Major League Baseball who has played for the Houston Astros (1994), San Diego Padres (1995), New York Mets (1996-97), Cincinnati Reds (1999) and Boston Red Sox (2005).
In Triple-A, Petagine was a three-time All-Star (1996-98) and was named the International League MVP during the 1997 season.
A solid line-drive, contact hitter, that uses whole field with occasional pull power, he drew a significant number of walks, obviously helping his teams in the process, but became, at the same time, too much of a defensive hitter.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Roberto_Petagine   (391 words)

  
 Tuffy homers in playoffs
He signed with the Buffaloes in 1996 after playing for the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs.
Rhodes, in his sixth season with the Buffaloes, is an elder statesman among Japan's foreign players.
Rhodes, who speaks Japanese, had a message for Kintetsu fans after the game: “Zettai yusho suru zo.” (We're going to win the championship).
reds.enquirer.com /2001/10/22/red_tuffy_homers_in.html   (157 words)

  
 Greeley Tribune - Sports
Elarton was drafted in 1994 by the Houston Astros as the 25th pick overall, leaving behind the comfort of gravel roads and corn fields.
Elarton would just as soon be another average Joe, but his right throwing arm won't let him escape the spotlight of a town of less than 9,000 -- not even when his shoulder required arthroscopic surgery and kept him out the entire 2002 season.
Scott Brocail (1990) pitched for the University of Arkansas, and Cody Hartshorn (1996) pitched for Louisiana State.
www.greeleytrib.com /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040405/SPORTS/104050049   (157 words)

  
 @ugusta headlines: Braves lose 7-6 to the Houston Astros Houston, July 19, 1996
Brad Woodall's performance put the Braves in an early hole and they weren't able to recover despite a furious finish, losing 7-6 to the Houston Astros before 39,390 fans, the largest crowd of the season at the Astrodome.
Woodall departed charged with six hits and five earned runs, a performance that reminded the Braves of many of Schmidt's outings.
Woodall's 2‰-inning performance helped scramble the Braves' pitching plans and put another start for him in jeopardy.
www.augustachronicle.com /headlines/072096/braves.html   (580 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Taking a closer look at the Cardinals-Astros
Edmonds hit.190 (12-for-63) with three homers and 14 RBI against Houston this season and was 4-for-15 (.267) with nine strikeouts in the Division Series.
Lance Berkman hit.409 with a homer and three RBI in the Division Series and is as important as anyone in the Astros lineup.
The Cardinals are in the NLCS for the second time in three years, the third time in five years and the fourth time (1996, 2000, 2002, 2004) under manager Tony La Russa, but each trip has ended with a defeat.
www.usatoday.com /sports/baseball/playoffs/2004-10-13-nlcs-breakdown_x.htm   (2121 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Taking a closer look at the Cardinals-Astros
Edmonds hit.190 (12-for-63) with three homers and 14 RBI against Houston this season and was 4-for-15 (.267) with nine strikeouts in the Division Series.
Lance Berkman hit.409 with a homer and three RBI in the Division Series and is as important as anyone in the Astros lineup.
The Cardinals are in the NLCS for the second time in three years, the third time in five years and the fourth time (1996, 2000, 2002, 2004) under manager Tony La Russa, but each trip has ended with a defeat.
www.usatoday.com /sports/baseball/playoffs/2004-10-13-nlcs-breakdown_x.htm   (2114 words)

  
 Roy Oswalt Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 23rd round of the 1996 amateur draft.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
View Roy Oswalt's uniforms at Dressed to the Nines, a Baseball Hall of Fame on-line exhibit
www.baseball-reference.com /o/oswalro01.shtml   (379 words)

  
 Chicago Cubs Tickets MLB Ticket - Buy Cheap Chicago Cubs Tickets
The Cubs close the season with four games against the Astros in Houston.
Maddux remains the only Cubs pitcher to ever win a Gold Glove, earning three from 1990 to 1992, and he is the first Cubs player to win a Gold Glove since Mark Grace at first base in 1996.
The Chicago Cubs are well known for their day games where several businessman and husbands can be notoriously found when they have called in sick or are allegedly running a 3 hour errand.
www.onlineseats.com /mlb-tickets/chicago-cubs/index.asp   (1780 words)

  
 All-Baseball.com, part of MVN: Cooperstown Confidential Archives
Ken Caminiti (Died on October 10 in the Bronx, New York; age 41; heart attack): A popular but troubled and controversial star for the Houston Astros and San Diego Padres, Caminiti died as the result of an apparent cocaine overdose, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap.
After the 1954 season, the Orioles sent him to the New York Yankees as part of the trade that brought pitchers Bob Turley and Don Larsen to the Bronx.
In the highlight of his career, Caminiti earned National League MVP honors in 1996 as a member of the Padres, but later admitted to steroid use and cocaine addiction at various points during his career.
www.all-baseball.com /archives/cat_cooperstown_confidential.html   (1780 words)

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