Brian Hunter - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Jun 5, 1989:2. Drafted Brian Hunter(OF) in 1989 Summer Draft as compensation for Nolan Ryan
Dec 10, 1996:Traded Doug Brocail(P), Brian Hunter(OF), Todd Jones(P), Orlando Miller(IF) and cash to Det-A for Brad Ausmus(C), Jose Lima(P), Trever Miller(P), CJ Nitkowski(P), and Daryle Ward(IF)
Dec 3, 2001:Signed Brian Hunter(OF) as a free agent
Jul 28, 2003:Released Brian Hunter(OF)

This Date in Astros History

Mar 5, 1971:Brian Hunter is born in Portland, OR. A .285 hitter with 61 steals in his first time through Houston (1994-1996), Hunter returns for two more seasons (2002-2003), batting .258 as a reserve.
Jun 16, 1995:In a wild 16-inning affair at Shea Stadium, the Astros outduel the Mets, 7-5. Brian Hunter's double drives in Craig Shipley in the 12th to snap a 2-2 tie but Jose Vizcaino's RBI grounder keeps New York alive. Back-to-back homers by Hunter and Craig Biggio put Houston up in the 15th but a two-run single by Brett Butler ties it again. Jeff Bagwell's bases-loaded hit is the game-winner. Doug Brocail slams the door to finally silence the Mets.
Jun 23, 1995:Derek Bell caps a four-hit night with the game-winning RBI as he drives home Brian Hunter for a 3-2, twelve-inning triumph over the Cubs. Craig Shipley had tied it in the bottom of the ninth with a sacrifice fly off Randy Myers. Todd Jones fans five of the seven Chicagoans he faces to get the victory.
Jul 1, 1995:Houston explodes for eight runs in the fifth inning while blanking the Pirates, 11-0. Brian Hunter delivers two hits and scores twice in the inning as well as doubling in a pair. Craig Biggio singles twice on the night to record his 1000th hit. Shane Reynolds hurls a six-hit shutout.
Aug 29, 1995:Tony Eusebio's 13th-inning blast stuns the Braves, 11-9, snapping a team-record eleven-game losing streak. Brian Hunter, Derrick May, Derek Bell and Mike Simms also homer. Once behind, 6-0, Houston rallies but blows a 9-7 lead in the ninth. Greg Swindell wins his 100th game with two relief innings.
Sep 28, 1995:A Chicago "fan" rushes the mound to attack Cub lefty Randy Myers. Imagine what a Houston fan might have done as the Astros blow another lead and lose, 12-11, in eleven innings. Once far ahead in the wild card race, the Astros collapse in September letting Colorado reach the post-season instead. Craig Biggio scores five times, Brian Hunter steals four bases, and Houston uses ten pitchers in the game (all club records), but none erases the pain of blowing six different leads, two of them in extra innings.
Apr 21, 1996:For the third time that season, Todd Jones blows the save and gets the win. Each time, Derek Bell is his savior. Bell's three-run homer in the eighth rescues a 7-5 victory over Cincinnati. Brian Hunter chips in with three hits. Jones has a rather undeserving 3-0 record.
Dec 10, 1996:Astros swap pitchers Todd Jones and Doug Brocail along with outfielder Brian Hunter and shortstop Orlando Miller to Detroit for pitchers Jose Lima, C.J. Nitkowski and Trever Miller along with catcher Brad Ausmus and first baseman Daryle Ward. Ausmus is the man Houston really wants but Lima and Ward eventually become major contributors.
Sep 8, 2002:Craig Biggio, Brian Hunter and Lance Berkman launch homers in a 6-2 victory in Los Angeles. Roy Oswalt wins his 19th of the year. The suddenly dangerous Hunter knocks out Dodger hurler Kazuhisa Ishii with a line drive double off the pitcher's head. Ishii suffers a concussion and a small skull fracture. Back in Houston, few notice since the NFL expansion Houston Texans are shocking the Dallas Cowboys, 19-10, in their very first regular season game.