Scripture of the WeekIt is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others. ( 2:10)
Lou's CommandmentsThe Lou Collier Baseball Commandments:
1. Know the Game
2. Pay attention to the coach at all times
3. Know your opponent
4. Be a team player
5. Practice a winning attitude
6. Find out what you do best
7. Find out what you need to work on
8. Practice , practice, practice
9. Learn from your mistakes
10. Have Fun!
1996: Carolina Mudcats (AA): Lou lead the team in runs (76) and SB (29). Named to the midseason Southern League All-Star Team. Voted to (AA) Post season All-Star Team at Shortstop. Rated by Baseball America as the Southern Leagues 7th best prospect. Baseball America also rated Lou as the Pittsburg Pirates 8th best Prospect. Invited to the Arizona Fall League and was voted Player of the Week.
1997: Calgary Cannons (AAA): Lou lead the team in games played (112) and walks (37). He finished 8th in the Pacific Coast League in batting average (.330). Collier was selected to the Triple A All-Star game but did not play due to a promotion to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lou received Calgary’s Mr. Hustle Award. Made his Major League debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 28. Vs. New York Mets. He singled in his first Major League at bat off (Juan Acevedo). Collected if first MLB RBI on day later vs. New York Mets. He appeared in 18 MLB games.
1998: Pittsburg Pirates: Opening day starting shortstop. Lou led the club with 98 starts at shortstop. He hit his first MLB Home Run on April 30 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (Ismael Valdez). Finished with a career high in triples (6), a career high 9 game hitting streak August 18 – 29 and hit .429 during the streak.
1999: Milwaukee Brewers: Opened the season as a super utility player and made starts at SS, 2b, 3b, and the outfield. Tied a career high with 3rbi on July 22 vs. Philadelphia. And 3 hits September 10 vs. Colorado. Clubbed his first career pinch hit Home run vs. SD on May 28.
2000: Indianapolis Indians: Started the season in (AAA). Had knee surgery in May. Missed 2 ½ months. Returned July 20th and rehabbed in (AA) Huntsville. Was called up to Milwaukee September 1.
2001: Indianapolis Indians: Began the season with Indy. Called up to Milwaukee on June 2. Batted .326 vs,. Left handed pitching and .323 with runners in scoring position. Lou hit a pinch hit homerun vs. Colorado on August 25 for the go ahead run.
2002: Lou was traded to the New York Mets in the offseason. At the end of Spring Training Lou was traded again to the Montreal Expos where he played the entire season.
2003: Pawtucket Red Sox: Began the season with (AAA) Pawtucket where he was named a International League Midseason and Postseason All-Star and an OF. Named by Baseball America as a postseason All-Star team (AAA). Opened the season with a 13 game hit streak from April 3-22. Lou went 3 for 5 with a 2 run home run and 3 runs scored and 3rbi in the International League All-Star game. He finished the season with 32 multi hit games. He was called up to Boston on July 28 by his 4th Major League team.
2004: Scranton (AAA): Began the season with Scranton. Names and International League All Star. Homered in back to back games twice, May 9-10 at Pawtucket and May 28 in a double header at Columbus. Endured a season high 10 game hit streak from June 25- July 4th (.409, 18-44, 4 2b, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 10 runs) Hit over .300 in each month, including a season high .351 (34-97) in 25 July games. Lou was called up to Philly on August 5. At the time of his call up he ranked 5th in the International League in both avg. (.326) and hits (126). Made 4 starts for the Phillies and appeared in 32 games, batted .278 1hr and 4rbi.