(c) Houston Astros

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Position: C      Born: Nov 4, 1961      Bats: Both      Throws: Right

Nicknamed "Beetle" after the comic strip, Bailey was drafted by the Astros in 1982 and made his debut with the parent club in 1984. The switch-hitting catcher had a power stroke and hit 19 homers in his first two seasons, splitting time with Alan Ashby behind the plate.

After an injury, Ashby reasserted himself as the full-time starter and soon other catchers came to the fore including first-round picks Robbie Wine and Craig Biggio. Bailey's hitting fell off with the reduced playing time.

In five seasons with Houston, Bailey hit .223 with 23 homers. He was traded to Montreal midway through the 1988 season and then sent to the Mets. He finished his big league career with the Giants.

After retiring, Bailey has spent many years in the Astros organization as a bullpen coach, a minor league manager and an instructor.