ALL-TIME TEAMS

Bagwell, Biggio & Billy The Kid : The Houston Astros All-Time Team

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C     Alan Ashby Alan Ashby
Ashby spent 11 seasons with Houston and wasn't a great offensive player by any means, but he was solid behind the plate. He was a switch-hitter but he was really a platoon player: he hit far better from the left-side vs RHP (716 OPS compared with 582 vs LHP). Therefore, we'll use him in a platoon with Brad Ausmus, a much better defender who had the opposite offensive splits.
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1B     Jeff Bagwell Jeff Bagwell
The best hitter in franchise history, his acquisition from the Red Sox for journeyman reliever Larry Andersen(!) is one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history. Bags won the Rookie of the Year award in 1991 and the MVP in 1994, and helped Houston to four division titles.
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2B     Jose Altuve Jose Altuve
Through seven seasons as of 2017, Altuve has already etched his name among the great Astros. He's had four straight 200-hit seasons and won three batting titles, the only three ever won by an Astro. His 225 hits in '14 set a franchise record. The little guy led the league in stolen bases in 2014 and 2015 and has six straight seasons with at least 30 steals. He's also developed 20-homer power.
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SS     Carlos Correa Carlos Correa
The sky (or roof?) is the limit for Correa, a 22-year old in 2017 who has already established himself as one of baseball's best shortstops. He's the only shortstop to hit 20 homers in each of his first three seasons, and in 2015 he was named AL Rookie of the Year.
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3B     Ken Caminiti Ken Caminiti
Had his greatest seasons with the Padres where the switch-hitter won an MVP Award. He played a total of twelve seasons with the Astros in two stints and was always a very popular player. He was a three-time Gold Glove winner with one of the strongest arms at third base in his era.
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LF     Jose Cruz Jose Cruz
A fast outfielder from Puerto Rico, Cruz was an excellent player in the 1970s but he defied the odds and became even better in the 198os after he had turned thirty. He stole 30 bases five times and was in the top ten in MVP voting three times. Hampered by the spacious Astrodome, which limited his power numbers, Cruz was an overlooked star of his era.
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CF     Craig Biggio Craig Biggio
Biggio ranks first in Houston history in games, hits, runs, doubles, and stolen bases. Like Bagwell, Biggio struggled in the postseason, but he and his partner on "The Killer B's" helped lead the Astros to six postseason appearances, including four division titles and one pennant. He started at catcher, second base, and center for the Astros, and with Altuve also available, we'll put Biggio in center.
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RF     Jim Wynn Jim Wynn
He hit nearly 300 homers, stole more than 220 bases, and averaged 103 walks per season. That's the recipe for a lethal offensive weapon, which is what Wynn was in his 15-year big league career. He spent 11 of those years in Houston, mostly in center until Cedeno came along. Nicknamed "The Toy Cannon," Wynn was a lot of power in a small package.
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DH     Lance Berkman Lance Berkman
He ranks third all-time in total bases for the Astros behind Biggio and Bagwell, and he slugged 326 homers for Houston, second all-time. Spent time at left field and first base, but we'll use him at designated hitter. One of three switch-hitters in this starting lineup for the Astros' all-time team.
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SP     J.R. Richard J.R. Richard
With the mammoth Richard leading the rotation and all of the offensive weapons they had in the 1970s, how did the Astros not win a pennant? Richard was scary good - 616 K's in 1978-79 at his peak. He was rolling along in 1980 with ten wins and a 1.90 ERA in midseason when he had the stroke that nearly killed him and ended his career. Still rates the best starter in franchise history.
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SP     Mike Scott Mike Scott
The tall right-hander was the NL Cy Young winner in 1986 when he paced the league in ERA and strikeouts using his amazing split-finger pitch. Scott pitched five shutouts that season and topped 300 K's, and in the postseason he twice manhandled the Mets.
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SP     Roy Oswalt Roy Oswalt
How about another hard-thrower, but this time in a smaller package? In his first six seasons, Oswalt finished in the top five in NL Cy Young Award voting five times as he led the Houston rotation with his knee-high fastball and gutsy competitiveness.
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SP     Nolan Ryan Nolan Ryan
In nine seasons in Houston, Ryan flourished in the spacious Astrodome. He led the league in ERA twice and pitched his fifth no-hitter. The native Texan became baseball's all-time strikeout king wearing a Houston uniform.
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SP     Dallas Keuchel Dallas Keuchel
In 2015, the lefty became the third Astro to win a Cy Young Award, following Mike Scott and Roger Clemens. He won two games in the 2017 postseason, giving him four total with Houston, a franchise record.
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RP     Billy Wagner Billy Wagner
The little lefty they called "Billy The Kid" saved 225 games for the Astros in nine seasons. Defying his small stature, he used his blazing fastball to strike out more than 12 batters per nine innings. In total for his career he racked up 422 saves, topping 30 in a season eight times.
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RP     Dave Smith Dave Smith
Only twice in his eleven years with Houston did Smith have an ERA over 3.00 out of the bullpen. He saved 199 games in an Astros' uniform with a 2.53 ERA in 563 games, earning two trips to the All-Star Game.
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RP     Brad Lidge Brad Lidge
Nicknamed "Lights Out," Lidge was that in his career as a closer spent mostly with Houston and Philadelphia. In 2005 when the Astros won their only pennant, Lidge saved 42 games and was fifth in Cy Young voting. During his stretch in Houston he fanned 12.6 batters per nine innings.
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RP     Joe Sambito Joe Sambito
Sambito was a lefthanded compliment to Dave Smith for the Astros. Often serving as a setup man, Sambito still managed to save 72 games for Houston and regularly topped 80 innings. He was an All-Star in 1979 and in 1980 he finished fifth in NL Cy Young voting when he saved 17 games and had a 2.19 ERA in 64 games of relief, helpinhg Houston to their first postseason trip.
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RP     Octavio Dotel Octavio Dotel
The consummate setup man, Dotel saved only 42 games in five years with Houston, but he posted a 142 ERA+ in an Astro uniform and struck out more than 11 batters per nine innings. In, all the lean righthander pitched in more than 750 games in a 16-year career.
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C     Brad Ausmus Brad Ausmus
As mentioned above, Ausmus was a good-field, no-hit catcher, but he'll fit in nicely as a platoon partner with Alan Ashby. His throwing arm and game-calling instincts were top-notch and he won three Gold Gloves in Houston. His offensive splits: 726 OPS vs lefties and 652 OPS vs RHP.
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1B/LF     Bob Watson Bob Watson
Watson was one of the first young stars to come out of the Astro farm system and he spent 14 years in Houston, mostly manning first base. The Astrodome wasn't friendly to his power stroke: he averaged 1.8 HR per 100/ABs there and 3.5 elsewhere, but he was still a two-time All-Star and a career .295 hitter with a career 811 OPS.
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2B/SS     Bill Doran Bill Doran
We'll use Doran as our infield backup, but he was a helluva player as a starter for the Astros at second from 1983-1990, earning MVP votes three times. He stole 20 bases six times and even socked some punch: hitting as many as 16 homers in a season. Another switch-hitter.
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SS     Dickie Thon Dickie Thon
Before he was struck in the face with a pitch that nearly killed him, Thon was one of the best shortstops in baseball. He had just two full seasons with Houston but finished seventh in NL MVP voting in one of them. Other candidates are Roger Metzger, Craig Reynolds, and Adam Everett, light-hitters all.
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3B/1B/OF     Enos Cabell Enos Cabell
Not a great player, but a useful one. Enos was one of the most popular players to ever wear the multi-colored polyester uniform of the Astros. Cabell hit .281 with as many as 42 stolen bases in a season for the Astros in eight seasons with the club. He could play third, first, and the corner outfield spots.
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CF     Cesar Cedeno Cesar Cedeno
It wasn't fair for Leo Durocher to call him "the next Willie Mays," but for the first seven years of his career Cedeno wasn't far off. He was baseball's first 20 HR/50 SB player and he did it three times before he was 24. Cedeno wasn't the same player after the age of 26, but he still remains one of the greatest Astros. He won five Gold Gloves in center and was an All-Star four times.
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CF     George Springer George Springer
The fourth member of the 2017 World Series champions on this roster, Springer is an exciting center fielder who combines speed, defense, and power. He hit five home runs in the '17 World Series and was named MVP of the Fall Classic. He hit 99 homers in his first four seasons.
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RF     Kevin Bass Kevin Bass
A switch-hitter, Bass put in 10 seasons with the Astros, having his career year in 1986 to help the team to a division title. That season he hit .311 with 20 homers and 22 stolen bases. He mostly played right field, but could fill in anywhere in the outfield. Was more effective from the right side of the plate.
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OF     Terry Puhl Terry Puhl
His 14 seasons with the Houston franchise is exceeded by only two other players (Biggio & Bagwell). The lefthanded batting Puhl was an excellent corner outfielder who hit righthanded pitching very well (776 OPS). Like most Houston players of the 70s and 80s, Puhl could swipe a base: he twenty or more in a season six times and topped thirty twice.
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