Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bob Abreu

Bobby Abreu (aka "El Comedulce" (the candy-eater) and also "La Luche"), started his Major League career with the Houston Astros. He played only 74 games over two seasons with Houston before becoming the 6th pick for the Devil Rays in the 1997 expansion draft.

Abreu is currently with the Angels.

Awards (or, the Many reasons Houston should have kept Bobby Abreu rather than Richard Hidalgo):
1996 Houston Astros Minor League Player of the Year
1999 Venezuelan Winter League All-Star OF
1999 Venezuelan Winter League Player of the Year
1999 Philadelphia Phillies Player of the Year
2000 Philadelphia Phillies Player of the Year
2001 Philadelphia Phillies Player of the Year
2004 NL Silver Slugger Award (OF)
2004 MLB All-Star
2005 NL Player of the Month (April)
2005 NL Gold Glove Award (OF)
2005 MLB All-Star
2005 Winner of the Home Run Derby at the MLB All-Star game. (41 home runs over 3 rounds)
2009 AL Player of the Month (July)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 6th round of the 1988 amateur draft. He played five games in the major leagues in 1991. From 1988 to 1995 he played in a total of 116 games in the minors for various Astros farm teams.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Andy Mota

Andy Mota was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 6th round of the 1985 amateur draft, but did not sign. In 1987 he was drafted by the Astros in the 12th round of the 1987 amateur draft.

He played 27 games in the majors in 1991 (with Houston). Most of his career was spent in the minors (1987-1994), with the majority of that spent with the Houston organization.

Andy is the son of Manny Mota.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Alvin Morman

Morman was drafted by the Astros in the 39th round of the 1991 amateur draft. He spent six seasons with Houston and one season with them in the majors. He was traded to the Cleveland Indians for Jose Cabrera; eventually traded in 1998 by the Indians with Shawon Dunston and Jose Mesa to the San Francisco Giants for Jacob Cruz and Steve Reed. Signed as a Free Agent with the Kansas City Royals in 1998 and released a year later.

Following his baseball career, Morman received a master’s degree in school counseling from North Carolina Central University, and is currently a guidance counselor at a public school.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mark McLemore

Mark McLemore was drafted in the 4th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft out of Oregon State University. McLemore made his big league debut for the Astros on May 24, 2007, pitching one inning of relief against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He missed the entire 2008 season due to elbow surgery but made it back to the Round Rock Express last season.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Glenn Wilson

Glenn Wilson played his first pro game with the Tigers in 1982; he was drafted in the first round in 1980. After playing for the Phillies (1984-87), Mariners (1988) and the Pirates (1988-89, 1993) he ended up in Houston (1989-90) after being traded for Billy Hatcher.

Wilson was known as Glennbo, a reference to Rambo, once appeared in a Phillies promo ad dressed as Rambo. I'll have to tell my little brother about this (we started calling him Glenbo back around 1973, way before Rambo existed).

In 1979 he was on the NAIA All-American team. He played college ball for the Sam Houston State Bearkats (1978-80). It appears he applied as the head baseball coach there in 2006. That would have been great; at least I'd know where to find him so I could get a card with a better looking sig (still need to upgrade this one for my SHSU alumni collection).

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

George Bjorkman

George Bjorkman was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Houston Astros for Jeff Meadows (minors). On March 26, 1984 he was sent by the Astros to the Montreal Expos to complete an earlier deal made on February 24, 1984.

He had only one card issued (this one). You can see where he started to sign with a blue pen, which appeared to run out of ink, so he signed over what he had already written.

Sent off on5/28/09; returned on 7/21/09

Friday, November 6, 2009

Mike Simms

Drafted by the Astros in the 6th round of the 1985 amateur draft
Debut: September 5, 1990
Final Game: October 3, 1999

Houston Astros (1990-92, 1994-96)
Texas Rangers (1997-99)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mike Groppuso

Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 1st round (44th) of the 1991 June Draft. Played minor league ball for Houston until 1999. Currently the baseball coach at Kingston High School in Kingston, New York.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Mike Cosgrove

Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 2nd round of the 1970 amateur draft (Secondary Phase). Major league debut was on September 10, 1972. Final game was with Houston on September 25, 1976.

Originally drafted by the Reds in 1969 but did not sign. In 1989, Cosgrove played for the Orlando Juice of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. In 1990 he pitched 4 games in the Senior Professional Baseball Association for the Florida Tropics. It appears Cosgrove played three games this past summer with the Orange County Flyers of the Golden Baseball League.