Round Rock, Texas - After a fan vote and deliberation by the Round Rock Express Hall of Fame committee, Keith Ginter was selected as the next inductee into the Express Hall of Fame. The infielder was chosen over fellow alumni Jason Lane and Dave Matranga.
Joining Morgan Ensberg, Jackie Moore and Roy Oswalt, Ginter becomes the fourth member of the 2000 Texas League Championship team to be inducted into the Express Hall of Fame. A mainstay in the lineup that season, he appeared in 125 of the team's 140 games, leading the squad with a .333 batting average (154-462). Ginter also led the team in runs scored (108) and steals (24) while finishing second in hits (154), RBI (92) and home runs (26).
After raising the Texas League title with the E-Train, Ginter was promoted to the Houston Astros and made his Major League debut on September 20, 2000. Mainly as a utility infielder, Ginter appeared in 28 games with the Astros from 2000-2002 before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers.
He went on to play in 325 games with the Astros, Brewers and Oakland Athletics over the span of six seasons. Ginter finished his Major League career with a .243 batting average (236-971) while driving in 140 runs. Including his time in the minors, Ginter played in over 1,400 career games, amassing a .269 batting average (1312-4872) while collecting 720 RBI and launching 164 homers.
Last year's Hall of Fame inductee, Roy Oswalt, was as dominant on the mound as Ginter was at the plate in 2000, compiling an 11-4 record with a 1.94 ERA in 18 total starts. Oswalt was promoted to the Astros alongside Ginter, where he went on to build a successful 13-year MLB career that included three All-Star nominations, a National League Championship Series MVP award and the 2006 National League pitching title.
Morgan Ensberg, another one of Ginter's teammates on the 2000 Express team, was enshrined in 2015. He tallied 95 runs, 145 hits, 28 home runs, 90 RBI and a batting average of .300 in 137 games that season. Following the 2000 Texas League Championship victory, Ensberg debuted for the Astros in the same game as Ginter on September 20, 2000. His MLB career spanned eight years and included an All-Star selection and a Silver Slugger Award.
Ginter's manager in 2000, Jackie Moore, was the inaugural member of the Express Hall of Fame in 2014. Moore was the first manager in Round Rock Express history, combining a 655-607 record over seven seasons, including the Texas League Championship in the Express' inaugural season.
Hall of Fame Day will take place on Saturday, July 29 and will include Ginter's induction ceremony prior to first pitch between the Express and El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres affiliate). The special event will also feature a Keith Ginter Hall of Fame plaque giveaway, presented by St. David's Round Rock Medical Center.
The Express open the 2017 season on Thursday, April 6 against the Nashville Sounds (Oakland Athletics affiliate). Season memberships, Flex Plans and Kids Club packages are on sale now. For more information on the Express, visit www.RoundRockExpress.com or call (512) 255-2255. Keep up with the Express on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter!