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Keith Ginter makes Express Hall of Fame

Second baseman Keith Ginter, the Texas League MVP in 2000, will become the fourth inductee into the Round Rock Express Hall of Fame.

Ginter was chosen over outfielder Jason Lane and infielder Dave Matranga as a result of fan balloting and input from a committee formed by the minor league baseball club. He will be inducted July 29 at Dell Diamond before Round Rock’s game against El Paso.

Ginter will join former manager Jackie Moore, third baseman Morgan Ensberg and starting pitcher Roy Oswalt in the team’s hall of fame.

The Express arrived in Round Rock as a Double-A team in 2000, when they won what remains the club’s only league championship. Ginter, Ensberg, Oswalt and Moore all were part of that 2000 team.

Ginter enjoyed a remarkable season, leading the team in batting average (.333), runs (108) and stolen bases (24). The Texas Tech alum finished second in hits (154), RBIs (92) and home runs (26).

After the Express won the Texas League title, Ginter made his major league debut with the Houston Astros on Sept. 20. He went on to play in 325 games with the Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics over six seasons, batting .243 with 140 RBIs.

Notes: Individual game tickets are on sale for Big League Weekend in San Antonio. Reigning American League champion Cleveland will play Texas, the AL West winner last season, March 17-18 at the Alamodome, and tickets range from $10 to $77. … Express single-game tickets will go on sale March 1. The season opener against Nashville will be April 6.

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