Steve Finley - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Jan 10, 1991:Traded Glenn Davis(IF) to Bal-A for Steve Finley(OF), Pete Harnisch(P), and Curt Schilling(P)
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

This Date in Astros History

Mar 12, 1965:Steve Finley is born in Paducah, KY. A .281 hitter during his four seasons in Houston (1991-1994), Finley has played for two National League champs and a World's Champion since being traded away.
Jan 10, 1991:First baseman Glenn Davis is traded to Baltimore for outfielder Steve Finley and pitchers Curt Schilling and Pete Harnisch. Davis would suffer a spring injury and never play effectively for the Orioles. All three players Houston acquired would later become stars although not so much for what they did while wearing Astro stars and stripes.
May 3, 1991:Steve Finley's home run in the bottom of the eighth gives the Astros a 1-0 triumph against the Pirates. Four pitchers combine on a four-hitter with Al Osuna getting the win.
May 5, 1991:Rookie Jeff Bagwell hits only the ninth upper-deck home run at Three Rivers Stadium, a 456-foot pinch-hit poke in a 6-4 victory over Pittsburgh. Steve Finley follows with a two-run shot for the winning margin.
Jun 12, 1991:Steve Finley drives home Jeff Bagwell with two away in the bottom of the ninth to trip Philadelphia, 3-2. Joe Boever is the victim. Al Osuna wins his second game in as many nights.
Sep 15, 1992:Jeff Bagwell drills a three-run blast off Steve Reed in the bottom of the 11th to slay the Giants, 9-6. It's Bagwell's fifth hit of the night. Earlier, Steve Finley had taken San Francisco closer Rod Beck deep in the ninth to send the match to extra innings.
Oct 4, 1992:Astros sweep Los Angeles, 3-0, to finish a surprising 81-81. Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Steve Finley play in all 162 games. Doug Jones notches a record 36th save. He also leads the staff with eleven wins and a 1.85 ERA.
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.
Aug 14, 1993:Pete Harnisch strikes out a dozen while tossing a three-hit shutout over the Rockies, 9-0. Steve Finley picks up three hits and drives in three. Eric Anthony homers.
Apr 30, 1994:Steve Finley and Jeff Bagwell each homer, part of their four hits apiece as Houston stomps the Cards, 15-5. Total attendance breaks the 50,000 mark for the first time in a regular-season game since 1966.
Jul 17, 1994:A grand slam by Steve Finley highlights an eight-run third inning during a 9-0 whitewash in Pittsburgh. Orlando Miller adds three hits and two RBIs. Shane Reynolds takes over for Doug Drabek in the third and tosses seven innings of five-hit ball for the victory.
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.
Oct 2, 2004:Roy Oswalt becomes the National League's only 20-game winner with a 9-3 triumph over Colorado. Craig Biggio smashes two homers to set a career high. Jeff Kent goes yard to set a career record for home runs by a second baseman with 278. More importantly, the win clinches a tie for the wild card spot when ex-Astro Steve Finley belts a walk-off grand slam to give the Dodgers a 7-3 verdict over the Giants. The next day, Brandon Backe clinches the berth for Houston with a 5-3 victory, giving the Astros a 92-70 mark. They finished the year winning 36 of their last 46 games and 18 straight at home.