Born: Sep 18, 1973
A good-hitting catcher with a foul temperament, Meluskey came up as a rookie with the Astros in 1998. His career year was 2000 when he started and hit .300 with 14 homers and 69 RBIs.
But for an ill-timed vacation in 2000, Meluskey would have been an All-Star that year. Mike Piazza had been selected to catch for the NL in the Midsummer Classic, but was hit in the head by a Roger Clemens fastball and had to drop out. NL manager Bobby Cox wanted Meluskey as Piazza's replacement but he could not reach Meluskey, who was on a trip to South Padre Island, TX. Cubs backstop Joe Girardi was selected instead.
Meluskey got into some conflicts with teammates and was traded to Detroit in a deal that brought Brad Ausmus back to Houston. Meluskey played eight games with the Tigers but was back in Houston the following season. He played 12 more games with the Astros before his release.
His final stats were a .283 average, 15 homers and 75 RBIs in 155 games.