Top 50 Houston Astros

The Houston Astros debuted in 1962 but not as the Astros, but as the Houston Colt .45’s.  The Colt .45’s were short lived as with the advent of the space program in Houston and the first domed stadium, in 1965, the Houston Astros were officially born.  

The Astros may not have been the most successful on the field, but the dome (rather domes) and color schemes they used on their uniforms have made them a recognizable team throughout their existence.

To date, the Astros have not won a World Series (they have only been to one), but remember this is Houston, which is in Texas!  The greatest sports state that there is.  

Note: Baseball lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics and post-season accolades.
One of the Astros better power hitters, Glenn Davis showcased six consecutive seasons where he cracked over 20 home runs.  Davis would have his best season in 1986 where he finished second in NL MVP voting and won the Silver Slugger Award.  He would have two more seasons where he finished n the top ten in MVP voting.
Roger Clemens was only a Houston Astro for three years, but when he arrived at age 41, he showed everyone that he was far from done yet.  Clemens made an immediate statement in 2004 when he went 18 and 4 and become one of only a handful pitchers to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues.  Clemens would finish 3rd in Cy Young voting in his second season winning the ERA and FIP title.  His tenure was brief, but his stats were phenomenal.
An excellent selection from the Expansion Draft, Turk Farrell was converted to a Starting Pitcher and was an All Star in his debut season for Houston.  Farrell.  Farrell would make two more All Star appearances, and while ha has a losing record as an Astro, it was not like he had a lot of help around him.
Used both as a starter and a reliever during his decade in Houston, Ken Forsch was adept at both roles.  As an Astro, Forsch put together a record of 78 and 81 with 50 Saves.  He was named an All Star in 1976 and in 1979 would lead the National League in WHIP.
A dominating reliever in his day, Billy Wagner would make three of his seven All Star Games as an Astro, the team he began his career.  Wagner would accumulate 225 Saves with 1.039 WHIP and would finish 4th in Cy Young Voting in 1999, which would be the year he won his lone Rolaids Relief Pitcher of the Year Award.
In 2015, Dallas Keuchel won the Cy Young Award, cementing himself as a certified ace in Major League Baseball whose ranking should only rise on this Top 50 Astros list.  Keuchel did not repeat that season’s accomplishments as of yet, but he is still an Astro as of this writing and young enough to see many more great campaigns in Houston.
Mike Hampton might be best known for his overpriced contract with the Colorado Rockies but the Houston Astros, he is known for his Cy Young runner up season in 199 when he went 22 and 4 with a 2.90 ERA.  Hampton never had a losing record for the Astros (in his first run anyway) and had a respectable 76 and 50 with Houston.
Doug Rader was known for his defense and he was a five time Gold Glove winner at third base.  Rader did not always hit for the best average or on base percentage, but he did hit over 100 home runs as an Astro.
An All Star in 1986, Kevin Bass put together three consecutive offensive seasons (1985-87) of note where he had over 140 Hits, 15 Home Runs and 15 Stolen Bases.  ’86 was of course his best campaign where he batted .311 and finished 7th in National League MVP voting.
Improving offensively with each passing year, Rusty Staub debuted with the then named Houston Colt .45’s and before he left for the Montreal Expos, he would make two All Star with the Astros.  Staub’s final three seasons in Houston saw him go over 150 Hits and in 1967 would lead the NL in Doubles while batting .333.  Had Staub just been an average defensive player his ranking would have been much higher.
The Venezuelan Outfielder, Richard Hidalgo, had his best years in Major League Baseball playing for the Houston Astros.  Hidalgo had a major season in 2000 when he smacked 46 Home Runs with a Slash Line of .314/.391/.636, but knee injuries prevented him from getting anywhere near that again.


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An All Star and Silver Slugger in 1983, Dickie Thon appeared to poised for something special in Major League Baseball.  Coming off a season where he finished 7th in MVP voting and led the NL in bWAR for Position Players, he was beaned early in 1984 by Mike Torrez causing him to miss the rest of the season.  He would return, but his vision was never the same, and he became one of the “what might have beens” in baseball.
A two time All Star with the Houston Astros, Hunter Pence displayed some serious offensive acumen with three seasons if 160 Hits and 25 Home Runs.  Pence would become a two time World Series Champion with the San Francisco Giants, the truth is that his best campaigns took place in Houston.
Twice an All Star as an Astro, Dave Smith was Houston’s closer for years, saving 20 games in six consecutive seasons.   He would record six seasons with a WHIP under 1.100 and would finish on the top five in Saves three times.
Ken Caminiti would become a National League MVP with the San Diego Padres but it was a member of the Houston Astros where he would make the first of his three All Star Games.  Caminiti was not putting up his best career power numbers in Houston (though still had 103), but he was actually at his best defensively playing for the Astros.
Mike Cuellar would become a World Series Champion and a Cy Young winner with the Baltimore Orioles, but he first turned heads when he was a Houston Astro.  Cuellar would go his first All Star Game as an Astro in 1967, a season where he went 16 and 11.
Bouncing back and forth as a starter and reliever during his six seasons (over two runs) as an Astro, Danny Darwin fittingly won the ERA and WHIP title in a season (1990) where he split duties doing both.  Darwin would have a record of 47 and 35 as a Houston Astro.
A very quick player, Steve Finley would lead the National League in Triples in 1992.  It was with the Astros that Finley would post his best Stolen Base numbers and had two consecutive seasons where he accumulated 170 Hits.  Over his four years in Houston, he would have a Defensive bWAR of 5.0, a number that was actually better than he accrued for other teams this despite winning his six Gold Gloves elsewhere.
Moises Alou was an Astro for four seasons (though injured for one of them) and was named an All Star twice during that time frame.  Alou put up excellent power numbers, his lowest Home Run tally being 27 and he never batted lower than .300 or had less than 100 RBI in a season.  The only thing that kept him from being higher on this list was that he was not a great defensive outfielder.