Tom Lawless, who was serving as Houston's roving minor league instructor, was named the RedHawks interim manager after Tony DeFrancesco was named the Astros interim manager.
Lawless, 55, was a utility player who accumulated 531 at-bats during eight major league seasons, but he was involved in some historic and dramatic moments.
Lawless was the only player to be traded for Pete Rose; broke up Mark Langston's no-hit bid in 1989 and hit a game-winning home run in the 1987 World Series. He also worked with the Chinese national team.
What type of reaction do you get when people discover you're the only player traded for Pete Rose?
It's nice to have in your back pocket. It's always good when you're in a bar and need a drink and use it as a trivia question.
Was kind of thrill was it to hit two career regular-season home runs, but you hit a game-winner in the 1987 World Series.
You dream of playing in a World Series since you're a little kid. I was only playing because Terry (Pendleton) pulled a muscle and was hurt and couldn't hit against right-handers. To be able to play in three World Series games, some people never get to play in one their entire career. And then to hit a home run that wins the game, that's the ultimate.
Where does breaking up Mark Langston's perfect game in 1989 rank among your career highlights?
It's something you'll never forget. He was dealing that day. The funny thing is I pinch hit for Lloyd Moseby, who rarely got pinch hit for. It was a line drive to left-center on a 2-0 pitch. We ended up winning the game.
What was your reaction to Don Denkinger's infamous call in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series, a game in which you were a pinch runner?
We were in the third base dugout but it was obvious to everyone he made the wrong call. That's baseball. It happens.
What was it like to be involved with the Chinese national baseball team for the 2008 Olympics?
I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed being in Beijing. Two years ago I also went with them to the Asian Games. Major League Baseball has a lot to do with Chinese baseball that's really just starting out. It was really rewarding.
What's your career been like since you retired?
I've managed everywhere (in the minors) for the Angels, Cardinals and was a Triple-A coach for three years in Norfolk with the Mets. I've been doing this a long time. Most of the players here (in Oklahoma City) I've had at some point and know how I operate. Their job is to go play baseball. My job is to watch over them and put them in positions they can succeed.
How do you feel about being involved in so many memorable games?
It was an honor to play in the big leagues and two World Series and be able to contribute something. As an extra man, that's what you tried to do.