Greatest Houston Astros Sluggers of All-Time
The Houston Astros have only been around since the early ‘60's, and despite just one World Series appearance (2005), they have had a slew of power hitters over the years. In fact, it seems that the Astros are always fielding good offensive teams. Here is a Top 10 list of Houston's all-time home run hitters:
Jeff Bagwell (449)-Jeff Bagwell is probably the greatest Astros player of all-time and if he had played a couple more seasons, he likely would have surpassed the 500-homer mark. Bagwell played his entire career in Houston, from 1991 to 2005, winning NL Rookie of the Year in 1991 and one NL MVP Award in 1994. That season may have been Bagwell's best overall, as he batted .368 with 39 home runs and 116 runs batted in. And in 2000, Bagwell hit a career best 47 homers.
Craig Biggio (291)-Craig Biggio, along with Bagwell, formed a one-two punch in Houston for several years that was known as the "Killer B's." Biggio also played his entire career in Houston, from 1988 to 2007. He never had more than 26 homers in a season, but his longevity helped land him second all-time for the Astros in that category. Biggio's high of 26 homers came during the 2005 season, helping to propel the Astros to the NL pennant.
Lance Berkman (281)-Lance Berkman will likely overtake Biggio for second place in 2008, as he's currently sitting at 281 home runs and has played his whole career in Houston (since 1999). Berkman's best season overall was 2006, when he hit .315 with 45 home runs and 136 RBI, and he's on pace for a similar season so far in 2008.
Jimmy Wynn (223)-Outfielder Jimmy Wynn played most of his career in Houston (1963-1973), and during that time racked up 223 homers. Wynn's best offensive season came in 1967, when, despite hitting just .249, he hit 37 homers with 107 RBI.
Glenn Davis (166)-First baseman Glenn Davis played just six-plus seasons in Houston, but he sure made them count, and ranks fifth in team history for home runs with 166. Davis his a career high 34 homers in 1989, but his best overall season was 1986. That year, Davis helped Houston to the NL West crown and came in second in the NL MVP voting by batting .265 with 31 homers and 101 runs batted in.
Cesar Cedeno (163)-Cesar Cedeno was an exciting player who had a lot of speed and a good amount of power to boot. He played for the Astros from 1970 to 1981, and had his best season in 1974, when Cedeno batted .269 with 26 homers, 102 RBI and 57 stolen bases.
Bob Watson (139)-Despite the fact that he never had more than 22 homers in a season, first baseman Bob Watson was always an imposing figure at the plate. He played for Houston from 1966 to 1979 and his best output came in 1977 when he batted .289 with the 22 homers and 110 RBI. Watson is currently an executive for Major League Baseball and one of his claims to fame as a player was in 1975 when he scored baseball's 1 millionth run.
Jose Cruz (138)-Outfielder Jose Cruz never hit more than 17 home runs in a single season, but his longevity helped his cause here, ranking eighth all-time in Astros history. Cruz played in Houston from 1975 to 1987, and his best overall season was 1983 when he batted .318 with 14 homers and 92 RBI.
Richard Hidalgo (134)-Though his career was cut short by injury, Richard Hidalgo had a few great seasons while with Houston, where he played from 1997 to 2004. Hidalgo's breakout season was 2000, when he batted .314 with 44 home runs and 122 runs batted in. Amazingly, that was only good for 20th place in the NL MVP voting.
Doug Rader (128)-Infielder Doug Rader was always a solid player, and played for the Astros from 1967 to 1975. His best season with the team was 1970, when Rader batted .252 with 25 home runs and 87 runs batted in.