December 19, 1956 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|July 15, 1982 for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 4, 1990 for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Runs batted in||24|
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."
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.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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