LANCASTER, Calif. -- The JetHawks will welcome five new members into the team's Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony prior to Friday night's 7 p.m. game against the High Desert Mavericks.
Former JetHawks, and now Major Leaguers, Jose Altuve and Carlos Gonzalez plus the entire coaching staff from 2012's championship team will make up the 11th group of individuals to be enshrined.
The induction ceremony will begin on the field at 6:15 p.m. and will be led by longtime Antelope Valley Press columnist and Hall of Fame Committee member Brian Golden.
New inductees are voted on by the Hall of Fame Committee prior to each season. This year's inductees will put a total of 46 individuals in the JetHawks Hall of Fame.
Jose Altuve: The Astros second baseman was the fastest player ever to reach the Major Leagues after leaving Lancaster. He was also the 100th former JetHawk to reach the big leagues. He debuted with the Astros on July 20, 2011, less than two months after his final game with Lancaster.
Carlos Gonzalez: The perennial All-Star outfielder of the Colorado Rockies has made a case for being the most successful former JetHawk of all-time. Gonzalez played in Lancaster in 2006 as a member of the D-backs organization. He hit .300 with 21 home runs and 94 RBIs in just 104 games.
Rodney Linares: Lancaster's current skipper did in his first season what 15 JetHawks managers before him could not do. Linares won the franchise's first ever California League Championship in 2012. He is currently in his second season as the team's manager.
Darryl Robinson: The JetHawks hitting coach is currently in his fifth season with the JetHawks. He has been the hitting coach in Lancaster since the JetHawks began their affiliation with the Astros in 2009.
Don Alexander: This is Alexander's second consecutive season and fourth overall with the JetHawks. During last year's postseason, he led his pitching staff to an 8-2 record and a 4.05 ERA.