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The 5 best single games by Astros pitchers

@brianmctaggart
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

@brianmctaggart
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

@brianmctaggart
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

@brianmctaggart
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

Houston's all-time single-season team

@brianmctaggart
January 4, 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

Best Astros player to wear each uni number

@brianmctaggart
December 28, 2020

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

The history behind the Astros' team name

@brianmctaggart
December 21, 2020

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

The 5 best seasons by an Astros pitcher

@brianmctaggart
December 14, 2020

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

Every Astros Rule 5 Draft pick since 1970

@brianmctaggart
December 11, 2020

HOUSTON -- The Astros have had their share of Rule 5 Draft successes in the past 50 years, a list that incudes left-handed pitcher Wesley Wright, center fielder Willy Taveras and right-handed pitcher Xavier Hernandez. Those were the outliers. Most of the players the club has taken in the Rule

Astros' Top 5 Winter Meetings moves

@brianmctaggart
December 7, 2020

HOUSTON -- The Astros haven’t made a huge splash at the Winter Meetings in quite some time, and they will have to wait at least one more year after this year’s Winter Meetings, scheduled to take place in Dallas, were cancelled as an in-person event because of the coronavirus. Still,

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

@brianmctaggart
November 30, 2020

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

Watson made history with MLB's millionth run

@brianmctaggart
November 19, 2020

HOUSTON -- The late Bob Watson was one of the most feared sluggers of his time. He bashed 184 home runs in his 19-year Major League career, 14 of which were spent wearing an Astros uniform. He was a two-time All-Star for the Astros who hit for the cycle and

Astros’ best players not in Cooperstown

@brianmctaggart
November 16, 2020

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

Joe Morgan's most memorable moments

Hall of Famer was no ordinary Joe
@goodforball
October 12, 2020

Good teams seemed to follow Joe Morgan around. Need proof? Not until Morgan arrived from the Houston Astros in a five-player trade before the 1972 season did Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine begin firing on all cylinders. Morgan proved integral to the Reds’ World Series triumphs in 1975 and ’76. The

Astros' Top 5 relief pitchers: McTaggart's take

@brianmctaggart
June 8, 2020

HOUSTON – No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are

Astros' Top 5 lefty starters: McTaggart's take

@brianmctaggart
June 1, 2020

HOUSTON -- No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are

Astros' Top 5 right-handers: McTaggart's take

@brianmctaggart
May 25, 2020

HOUSTON -- No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are

Astros' Top 5 DHs: McTaggart's take

@brianmctaggart
May 18, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

Astros' Top 5 right fielders: McTaggart's take

@brianmctaggart
May 11, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

Astros' Top 5 center fielders: McTaggart's take

@brianmctaggart
May 4, 2020

HOUSTON -- No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are

Biggio's 3,000th: Brown shares favorite call

@brianmctaggart
April 29, 2020

HOUSTON -- Unlike many other broadcasters, Bill Brown never developed a signature call or catchphrase during his career. He preferred to call games organically, watching things play out in real time and letting the description flow from his head and through the airwaves. Brown doesn’t think scripts for milestones work

Astros' Top 5 left fielders: McTaggart's take

@brianmctaggart
April 27, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

A lot better than you remember: Moises Alou

@williamfleitch
April 23, 2020

While we’re waiting for baseball to come back, we are making do. So once a week, inspired by the late Deadspin’s “Let’s Remember Some Guys” series, we will take a look at one player in baseball history, why he was great, why he mattered, why we should hang on to

Astros' Top 5 shortstops: McTaggart's take

@brianmctaggart
April 20, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

Astros' Top 5 third basemen: McTaggart's take

@brianmctaggart
April 13, 2020

HOUSTON -- No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are