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10 moments that defined Biggio's career

December 14, 2021

HOUSTON -- Considering he owns the Astros’ career records for games played, at-bats, hits, runs scored and a long list of other achievements, Hall of Fame second baseman Craig Biggio produced enough memorable moments in his 20-year career to fill a book. Biggio retired with 3,060 career hits, 291 home

10 players you forgot played for the Astros

December 1, 2021

Who can forget when Pudge Rodriguez broke the Major League record for games caught while playing for the Astros in 2009? How many people can tell you Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews hit his 500th career homer while wearing a Houston uniform in 1967? And did you know that 2018

The 5 best seasons by an Astros pitcher

December 1, 2021

HOUSTON -- Perhaps no team in the expansion era can brag about top-flight starting pitching as much as the Astros, whose history includes four Cy Young winners -- Mike Scott in 1986, Roger Clemens in 2004, Dallas Keuchel in '15 and Justin Verlander in '19 -- and dominating seasons by

The history behind the Astros' team name

December 1, 2021

HOUSTON -- A move to the space-age Astrodome meant the local baseball team deserved a space-age nickname, too. Thus the Astros were born, replacing the Colt .45s name that the expansion National League club had used for its first three seasons and ushering in a new chapter in Houston baseball

H-Town = Hit Town: Astros' best with a bat

December 1, 2021

HOUSTON -- Two players -- Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell -- are in the Hall of Fame, a third -- Lance Berkman -- probably deserves a longer look based on his credentials, while another -- Jose Altuve -- may be forging a path toward Cooperstown himself. Those four names dominate

Astros' all-time retired numbers

December 1, 2021

HOUSTON -- The Astros don't have a formula for retiring numbers, which is why they have nine retired numbers and only two players in the Hall of Fame who are wearing an Astros cap on their plaque. In fact, the Astros haven't retired a number since they retired the No.

Houston's all-time single-season team

December 1, 2021

HOUSTON -- Jeff Bagwell (1994 in the National League) and Jose Altuve (2017 in the American League) are the only two Astros players to win Most Valuable Player Awards in franchise history, though others have posted seasons that have been MVP-worthy. In 2019, Alex Bregman finished a close second in

Astros’ best players not in Cooperstown

December 1, 2021

HOUSTON -- It wasn’t until Craig Biggio was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015 that the Astros had their first player enshrined who had an Astros cap on his plaque. Jeff Bagwell followed two years later. Biggio and Bagwell are undoubtedly the greatest two players who

The 5 best trades in Astros history

December 1, 2021

Jeff Bagwell began his career in the Red Sox organization, the team he grew up cheering for as a kid in Connecticut. Jose Cruz was a little-known outfielder when the Astros threw some cash at the Cardinals to get him to join their club. And Justin Verlander was already one

Best Astros player to wear each uni number

December 1, 2021

HOUSTON -- What’s in a number? Well, quite a lot when they’re worn by baseball players. The wearing of a particular jersey number is something most players take very seriously, while some are just glad to have any kind of number below their name on a big league uniform. The

Top Astros-Braves playoff moments

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October 24, 2021

The Braves and Astros are set to meet in the World Series for the first time, beginning with Game 1 on Tuesday night in Houston. But this is not the teams’ first postseason clash. In fact, for a short time in a previous era, the two became frequent foes in

The top Astros Draft pick from every season

July 14, 2021

HOUSTON -- The Astros, like all teams, have had their share of hits and misses in the MLB Draft. Among the picks they nailed were Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, Billy Wagner and J.R. Richard, but taking Mark Appel with the No. 1 overall pick in 2013, as well as selecting

How the Astros' rainbow uniform came to be

April 22, 2021

HOUSTON -- Nolan Ryan getting lifted onto the shoulders of teammates after throwing his fifth career no-hitter in 1981 in the Astrodome. Glenn Davis stepping on first base, jubilantly raising his hands in the air to finish off Mike Scott’s division-clinching no-hitter in 1986. And Billy Hatcher running backwards to

Top Opening Day moments in Astros history

March 31, 2021

HOUSTON -- Here are the top five Opening Day moments in Astros history: 1. Springer leads off in style March 29, 2018 The Astros opened defense of their 2017 World Series title behind a leadoff homer by World Series MVP George Springer and six scoreless innings from Justin Verlander to

The 5 best seasons in Astros history

February 22, 2021

HOUSTON – The Astros’ run of success in the mid-to-late 2010s rewrote the club’s record books. The Astros posted their two highest single-season wins totals in back-to-back years (2018-19), including a club-record 107 wins in ’19 when they came within a game of winning their second World Series in three

Top 5 Draft picks in Astros history

February 15, 2021

HOUSTON -- Only one player in Astros history was drafted and developed by the club and made the Hall of Fame wearing an Astros cap on his plaque: Craig Biggio. Biggio is clearly the best homegrown MLB Draft pick in club history, having set the franchise record for games played,

Open or shut? Minute Maid Park roof rules

February 11, 2021

HOUSTON -- The question whether the retractable roof will be open at Minute Maid Park is moot for most of the season, when the hot and humid weather in Houston pretty much solidifies baseball will be played in air-conditioned comfort from mid-May through the end of September. In the early

'Let them play!' Astros' Hollywood moment 

February 4, 2021

HOUSTON -- Let them play! Longtime Astros fans will instantly recognize those three words and associate them with the late slugger Bob Watson, who famously bellowed “Let them play!” in his brief role in the movie “The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training” in 1977. Watson was one of several

Launch point: Best debut seasons for Astros

February 1, 2021

HOUSTON -- Two of the most memorable debut seasons in Astros history came from hotshot sluggers who went on to win Rookie of the Year -- Jeff Bagwell in the National League in 1991 and Yordan Alvarez in the American League in 2019. But it would be hard to top

10 greatest moments at Minute Maid Park

January 25, 2021

HOUSTON – When a team makes two runs to Game 7 of the World Series in a span of three years, there are bound to be countless memorable moments along the way. The Astros provided many of those during the past four seasons at Minute Maid Park. From thrilling World

Story of the Astros' 26-game road trip in '92

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HOUSTON -- When the Astrodome was chosen as the host site for the Republican National Convention in the summer of 1992, that meant the Astros had to pack their bags. And plenty of them. With the Astrodome set to be unavailable for a month to the baseball team that calls

The 5 best single games by Astros pitchers

January 18, 2021

HOUSTON -- When your team history includes such names as Nolan Ryan, J.R. Richard, Larry Dierker, Mike Scott, Randy Johnson, Roy Oswalt, Roger Clemens, Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, there figures to be a few legendary pitching performances throughout the years. The Astros’ rich pitching history includes 11 individual no-hitters,

Yankees' Yogi left his mark on Astros, too

January 13, 2021

HOUSTON -- Yogi Berra is synonymous with the Yankees, the team with which he won 10 World Series titles as a player and three Most Valuable Player Awards en route to the Hall of Fame. He’s one of the greatest Yankees to wear pinstripes and was one of the most

Astros' best single-game hitting displays

January 11, 2021

HOUSTON -- The Astros, in their long history, have never had a player hit four homers in a game. Perhaps nobody has come closer, though, than Vinny Castilla, who became one of 12 players in club history to slug three homers a game when he did it on July 28,

Heartfelt reason why Biggio's No. 7 has a sun

January 7, 2021

HOUSTON -- The sun always shines inside Minute Maid Park, whether the roof is open or not. If you’ve spent any time at the ballpark, you have noticed a bright yellow sunshine situated next to the No. 7 hanging in the rafters that represents the retired number of Hall of