Tom Lawless

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Tom Lawless

Infielder
Born: (1956-12-19) December 19, 1956 (age 55)
Erie, Pennsylvania
Batted: RightThrew: Right 
MLB debut
July 15, 1982 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
July 4, 1990 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
Batting average    .207
Home runs    2
Runs batted in    24
Teams
 
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Tom Lawless

Infielder
Born: (1956-12-19) December 19, 1956 (age 55)
Erie, Pennsylvania
Batted: RightThrew: Right 
MLB debut
July 15, 1982 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
July 4, 1990 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
Batting average    .207
Home runs    2
Runs batted in    24
Teams

Thomas James Lawless (born December 19, 1956 in Erie, Pennsylvania) was a Major League Baseball player between 1982 and 1990, playing for the Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals, and Toronto Blue Jays.

Although just a fringe, part-time player throughout his career, Lawless was involved in a number of dramatic and historic moments. Lawless became famous in 1984 when he became the only player ever traded for the great Pete Rose. Lawless, who only hit two regular-season home runs his entire career, is also remembered for his dramatic game-winning home run in Game 4 of the 1987 World Series (he had hit .080 in 25 at bats during the regular season.) "When it went over the wall, I thought" Lawless told reporters at the time. "'Holy cow, it went out.' The ball went out and I went blank for a second. It went out. I don't remember flipping the bat."[1]

On May 10, 1989, while with the Toronto Blue Jays, Lawless' ninth inning single broke up a no-hit bid by Mark Langston of the Seattle Mariners.[2]

A fast and highly skilled baserunner, Lawless struggled to hit major league pitching and retired in 1990. He entered the coaching ranks and has become a successful minor league manager. In 2007, he served as a coach for the China national baseball team during its participation in Major League Baseball's Instructional League program and in the Arizona Fall League. He managed the Lexington Legends, the Class A affiliate of the Houston Astros, for the 2009 season. On November 16, 2009, Lawless was named the new manager for the Lancaster JetHawks, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Houston Astros, for the 2010 season. In 2011, Lawless was managing the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League.

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Preceded by
Jack Voigt
Frederick Keys manager
2003-2004
Succeeded by
Bien Figueroa