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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 28, 1993:
The Mets sign P Kirk Presley, their top pick in this year's amateur draft, for $960,000. The pitcher is a distant cousin of Elvis Presley. In 1999, Gerry Hunsicker will recall his decision to draft Presley: "I didn't make one of the brightest decisions of my career when I passed on a young pitcher out of Ferrum College [Billy Wagner] and chose another who never got out of A ball."
»June 13, 1999: Astros manager Larry Dierker is taken to the hospital after suffering a grand mal seizure during the 8th inning of Houston's game against the Padres. The contest is suspended with the Astros leading, 4-1. Dierker will undergo surgery on the 15th to remove two masses of tangled blood vessels in his brain that caused the seizure. Coach Matt Galante takes over as temporary manager in Dierker's absence. Dierker later tells GM Gerry Hunsicker he doesn't remember anything after the second inning.