Ken Caminiti - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Jun 4, 1984:3. Drafted Ken Caminiti(IF) in 1984 Summer Draft
Dec 28, 1994:Traded Ken Caminiti(IF), Andujar Cedeno(IF), Steve Finley(OF), Roberto Petagine(IF), Brian Williams(P) and Sean Fesh(P) to SD-N for Derek Bell(OF), Doug Brocail(P), Ricky Gutierrez(IF), Pedro Martinez(P), Phil Plantier(OF), and Craig Shipley(IF). SD received Fesh on May 1 1995
Nov 16, 1998:Signed Ken Caminiti(IF) from SD-N as free agent
Oct 30, 2000:Granted free agency to Ken Caminiti(IF), who signed with Tex-A on Dec 10

This Date in Astros History

Jul 16, 1987:In his first major-league game, Ken Caminiti homers and triples, scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 triumph over Philadelphia. Another rookie, Gerald Young, singles off Mike Jackson with the bases loaded to send the fans home happy. Danny Darwin goes the distance on a four-hitter.
Sep 21, 1988:Bob Knepper fires a one-hitter to stifle Atlanta, 1-0. An infield hit by Dale Murphy in the second and a walk to Bruce Benedict in the ninth are the only baserunners he allows. Gerald Young's single in the eighth scores Ken Caminiti for the game's only run.
Jun 27, 1989:Craig Biggio cracks a pinch-hit three-run homer off Steve Bedrosian to rock the Giants, 7-5. With Houston battling San Francisco for the NL West lead, they rally from a 5-3 eighth-inning deficit when Ken Caminiti doubles off Jeff Brantley. Rafael Ramirez singles him home then Bill Doran walks setting up Biggio's game-winner. Danny Darwin fans five of the seven batters he faces to notch the victory.
Jul 29, 1989:Craig Biggio becomes the first Houston catcher to bat leadoff in over twenty years and it seems to work out. He homers and singles in an 8-1 victory at San Francisco. Another blast is the first big league bomb for Eric Anthony. Glenn Davis and Ken Caminiti also go yard. Mark Portugal hurls a three-hit complete game, just his second win as an Astro.
May 17, 1990:Eric Anthony becomes the first Astro to reach the Dome's upper reserved seats in right field with a mammoth blast off Mike Bielecki in a 5-4, eleven-inning victory against Chicago. Cincinnati's Bernie Carbo was the only previous player to do it. Ken Oberkfell's sacrifice fly scores Ken Caminiti with the game-winner.
May 23, 1990:Astros set a club record by stealing eight bases in a 7-3 victory over Pittsburgh. Eric Yelding swipes half of them. Casey Candaele adds two thefts while Bill Doran and Ken Caminiti join the parade. Juan Agosto wins in relief of Bill Gullickson.
Sep 21, 1990:Mike Simms' first big league homer in the tenth inning scalps the Braves, 4-3. Jim Deshaies benefits when Ken Caminiti takes a grounder from Francisco Cabrera and sends it around the horn to Dave Rohde and Simms for a triple play to squelch a threat.
Apr 16, 1991:Ken Caminiti starts an around-the-horn triple play during a 10-4 loss to the Braves. In the second-inning, Mike Heath's grounder goes from Caminiti to Casey Candaele at second to Jeff Bagwell at first for the feat.
Jun 6, 1991:After giving up three runs in the top of the ninth, the Astros storm back with four in the bottom half of the frame to stun Montreal, 9-8. Doubles by Luis Gonzalez and Ken Caminiti key the rally.
Aug 4, 1991:Craig Biggio singles home Gerald Young in the tenth for a 2-1 triumph over Los Angeles, sweeping the series and winning their seventh straight. The last-place Astros also turn their second triple play of the season when Mike Simms snares a fly to right by Alfredo Griffin and guns down Mike Sharperson who tried to advance to third. Ken Caminiti fires to Andujar Cedeno to get Stan Javier who was trailing the play.
Aug 28, 1991:Ken Caminiti and Charlie Hayes trade five-RBI nights from the third base spot and Al Osuna is handed a two-run lead in the bottom of the tenth, 10-8. But he can't hold it as the Phillies score three to win it, 11-10. Rafael Ramirez has four hits in a losing effort.
Jun 28, 1992:A morning earthquake shakes the Astros before an 8-2 loss in Los Angeles. Willie Blair is rattled for five runs early. Ken Caminiti is one of the few Astros focused as he pounds out four hits.
Feb 8, 1993:A trio of arbitration cases are avoided when three starters are inked to similar three-year deals. Infielders Craig Biggio and Ken Caminiti, along with outfielder Steve Finley now represent a $32 million dollar investment to go with the $36 million spent on deals for pitchers Doug Drabek and Greg Swindell - a pay-out unlikely to have happened before the recent change in ownership.
May 10, 1993:Ken Caminiti spanks a two-run double that caps a four-run eighth as Houston stuns the Braves, 5-2. Jose Uribe scores the game-winner. Xavier Hernandez picks up the win in relief.
May 14, 1993:Ken Caminiti drills a bases-loaded double to key a seven-run fifth as Houston stops the Dodgers, 9-1. Scott Servais swats his third hit of the night, a two-run shot in the eighth, for good measure.
May 22, 1993:Ken Caminiti swats two solo homers and Jeff Bagwell hits only the tenth Loge Level home run at Jack Murphy Stadium, but the Padres dominate in a 9-4 decision. The blasts account for three of the five hits the Astros accumulate.
Jul 3, 1993:Darryl Kile slams a home run and a double, as well as pitching a six-hit shutout, to subdue St. Louis, 6-0. The homer comes against Omar Olivares. Eric Anthony contributes a two-run shot while Ken Caminiti punches three hits.
Sep 8, 1993:Darryl Kile hurls the ninth no-hitter in franchise history, a 7-1 triumph over the New York Mets. Kile fans Tito Navarro and Chico Walker to finish the game. Ken Caminiti and Andujar Cedeno both slug home runs and each provide a defensive gem in the seventh to preserve the no-hitter.
Apr 4, 1994:Mitch Williams walks the bases full then surrenders two 12th-inning runs in the season opener against Montreal. Ken Caminiti's two-run double ends a dramatic three-run comeback for a 6-5 Houston triumph. The Astros also debut their new navy-and-gold uniforms with the leaning star logo.
Jul 3, 1994:Ken Caminiti slugs an inside-the-park homer while Craig Biggio and James Mouton belt the traditional kind as the Astros trap the Cubs, 12-6. Caminiti and Biggio are named to the N.L. All-Star team along with Jeff Bagwell, Doug Drabek and John Hudek (none as starters) to total a club-record five All-Stars in one season.
Jul 10, 1994:In just his third major league game, shortstop Orlando Miller launches two home runs and drives in three to pace a 5-3 victory in Chicago. He earns respect too, receiving two intentional walks as well. Ken Caminiti also goes deep while Craig Biggio pounds three hits including two doubles.
Dec 28, 1994:In one of the biggest player swaps in baseball history, the Astros send infielders Ken Caminiti, Andujar Cedeno and Roberto Petagine, outfielder Steve Finley and pitchers Brian Williams and Sean Fesh to San Diego for infielders Craig Shipley and Ricky Gutierrez, outfielders Derek Bell and Phil Plantier and pitchers Doug Brocail and Pedro Martinez. It's a thinly-disguised salary dump and, were it not for Bell's success, would have been regarded as one of the worst trades in club history. Caminiti and Finley blossom into All-Stars who lead the Padres to the N.L. title in 1998. Bell and Gutierrez are the only salvagable parts for the Astros and they are both gone after the 1999 season.
Nov 13, 1996:Ken Caminiti is named N.L. Most Valuable Player by unanimous vote, two seasons after being traded to the Padres from Houston. Teammate Steve Finley, who also left Houston in the same trade, finishes tenth in the MVP voting. Jeff Bagwell finishes ninth.
Sep 29, 1998:Kevin Brown fans 16 Astros in eight innings as he outduels Randy Johnson in Game One of the N.L.D.S. Greg Vaughn's solo homer puts the Padres up by two. Bill Spiers doubles off Trevor Hoffman in the ninth and scores on a Ken Caminiti error but Carl Everett flies to center for the final out. Houston loses, 2-1.
Nov 16, 1998:Ken Caminiti signs a free agent deal to return to the Astros after four years in San Diego. In parts of two injury-plagued seasons, he would bat .293 with 28 homers and 101 RBIs as well as giving a clutch performance in the 1999 N.L.D.S.
May 20, 1999:Billy Wagner surrenders two homers but hangs on for a 4-3, ten-inning victory in Los Angeles. A double by Derek Bell and a sacrifice fly by Ken Caminiti in the tenth salvage the win after light-hitting Tripp Cromer took Wagner deep with two down in the bottom of the ninth.
Aug 20, 1999:Ken Caminiti slams his second homer of the night to end a 6-4, 16-inning marathon against the Marlins. Jeff Bagwell draws six bases on balls, two intentionally, as part of an NL-record 17 free passes from Florida. The Astros return the favor by striking out 21 times.
Aug 29, 1999:Craig Biggio goes 4-for-5 with a homer and scores four times to lead a 10-4 drubbing of Florida. Daryle Ward, Lance Berkman and Ken Caminiti also leave the yard. Tony Eusebio adds three hits including two doubles. Mike Hampton wins his 17th.
Sep 3, 1999:Ken Caminiti smashes two homers, a single and a sacrifice fly to plate six runs as the Astros dump the Expos, 8-1. Mike Hampton works seven strong innings for his 18th win.
Sep 9, 1999:Ken Caminiti belts a two-run eighth-inning homer to give Houston a 3-1 triumph in Philadelphia. Shane Reynolds picks up his 15th win. The victory completes a seven-game road sweep, the longest undefeated road trip in club history, but the Astros can only gain half a game on the Reds in the N.L. Central standings.
Oct 5, 1999:Astros get the jump on Atlanta in Game One of the N.L.D.S. with a 6-1 victory. Tony Eusebio gives Houston an early lead with an RBI single off Greg Maddux. The Braves tie it but Daryle Ward takes Maddux deep for a 2-1 edge. Ken Caminiti's three-run bomb in the ninth ices the game. Shane Reynolds gets the win.
Oct 6, 1999:Atlanta's Kevin Millwood dominates with a one-hitter as the Braves romp, 5-1, to even the N.L.D.S. at one game apiece. Ken Caminiti spoils the no-no with a second-inning homer.
Oct 8, 1999:Astros lose a heartbreaking 12-inning affair to the Braves, 5-3, at the Dome. Brian Jordan is the star of Game Three, driving in all five Atlanta runs with a three-run homer and the game-winning double. Walt Weiss makes the most memorable play, stabbing a smash by Tony Eusebio with the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth and throwing out Ken Caminiti at the plate to prevent an Astros win.
Oct 9, 1999:In the last major league game held at the Astrodome, the Astros run out of gas in a 7-5 loss to the Braves, ending the N.L.D.S. by dropping three of four. Houston falls behind, 7-0, before making a late charge. Tony Eusebio and Ken Caminiti belt home runs to make the game close but the Astros come up short.
Oct 20, 1999:Off-seasons can be hazardous to your health. Ken Caminiti finds this out falling out of a deer stand while hunting near Laredo. He fractures three vertebrae and will spend the next two months healing his aching back.
May 7, 2000:Roger Cedeno's three-run homer keys a seven-run tenth inning that sinks the Dodgers, 14-8. Mitch Meluskey delivers five hits while Ken Caminiti and Richard Hidalgo go deep.
May 9, 2000:Ken Caminiti belts a grand slam and Craig Biggio drives in four to lead Houston past Colorado, 13-8, at Enron Field. The Astros climb out of a 7-1 hole with Caminiti's slam and a four-run sixth.
May 28, 2000:Lance Berkman and Ken Caminiti go deep off Rudy Seanez in the bottom of the eighth to shock the Braves, 4-3. Marc Valdes is the surprise winner in relief. The blasts ruin a fine effort by Kevin Millwood that comes eight months too late for Astros fans.
Nov 14, 2001:Former Astro Ken Caminiti is arrested on drug possession charges. The infielder had previously battled alcoholism and will admit the following year that he used steroids in his MVP season with San Diego.
Oct 10, 2004:Craig Biggio pops his first postseason home run and Houston leads Atlanta, 5-2, in Game Four of the N.L.D.S. with a chance to advance. Then Chad Qualls gives up a three-run homer to Adam Laroche and the Braves push across the winning run in the ninth to steal a 6-5 verdict and fly back to Atlanta for a decisive fifth game. Jeff Kent rolls into a double play with two men on in the bottom of the ninth to end a painful day - made worse by the news of ex-teammate Ken Caminiti's death in New York at age 41.