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Full NameHouston Astros

Nick NameThe Stars

Founded1962

GroundMinute Maid Park

Team Owner(s)Jim Crane

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HOUSTON ASTROS

’STROS / THE KILLER B’s
1962
MINUTE MAID PARK


HOUSTON ASTROS

The Houston Astros are an American professional baseball team based in Houston. The Astros compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West division, having moved to the division in 2013 after spending their first 51 seasons in the National League (NL).The Astros were established as the Houston Colt .45s and entered the National League as an expansion team in 1962 along with the New York Mets.


HOUSTON ASTROS HISTORY

From 1888 until 1961, Houston's professional baseball club was the minor league Houston Buffaloes. Although expansion from the National League eventually brought an MLB team to Texas in 1962, Houston officials had been making efforts to do so for years prior.The new Houston team was named the Colt .45s after a "Name the Team" contest was won by William Irving Neder. The Colt .45 was well known as "the gun that won the west. "The colors selected were navy and orange. The first team was formed mostly through an expansion draft after the 1961 season. The Colt .45s and their expansion cousins, the New York Mets, took turns choosing players left unprotected by the other National League franchises.Many players and staff associated with the Houston Buffaloes organization continued in the major leagues.The Colt .45s began their existence playing at Colt Stadium. On December 1, 1964, the team announced the name change from the Colt .45s to the "Astros. The renamed Astros moved into their new domed stadium, the Astrodome, in 1965.With new manager Grady Hatton, the Astros started the 1966 season strong. By May they were in second place in the National League and looked like a team that could contend. Joe Morgan was named as a starter on the All-Star Team but then he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 1971 which was a very beneficial move for the Reds.


With the $38 million deficit of the Astrodome, control of the Astrodomain (including the Astros)[30] was passed from Roy Hofheinz to GE Credit and Ford Motor Credit.Joe Morgan returned in 1980. The 1980 pitching staff was one of the best Houston ever had, with the fastball of Ryan, the knuckleball of Joe Niekro and the terrifying 6 ft 8 in frame of J. R. Richard but they lost Richard because of an injury The team would face the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1980 National League Championship Series but could not secure the victory. The Astros finished third in the National League West in 1983. After the 1986 season, the team had difficulty finding success again.After finishing second in their division in 1994 (in a strike year), 1995, and 1996, the Astros won consecutive division titles in 1997, 1998, and 1999.



HOUSTON ASTROS IN RECENT YEARS

The 2000 season saw a move to a new stadium, the MInute Maid Park. In 2005, the Astros started poorly and found themselves with a 15–30 record in late May.However, from that low point until the end of July, Houston went 42–17 and found themselves in the lead for an NL wild card spot. The Astros won the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, 3–1, with a game four that set postseason records for most innings (18), most players used by a single team (23), and longest game time (5 hours and 50 minutes). From 2006 till 2012, Astros had rough seasons and then in 2013 the moved to the American League West Division under the ownership of Jim Crane. The Astros finished the season with a 51–111 record (a franchise-worst) with a season-ending 15-game losing streak, again surpassing their worst record from the previous season. In 2017, The Astros won the ALCS four games to three, and advanced to the World Series to play against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros defeated the Dodgers in the deciding seventh game of the World Series, winning the first championship in franchise history. On November 16, 2017, José Altuve was named the American League Most Valuable Player, capping off a season in which he accumulated 200 hits for the fourth consecutive season, led the majors with a .346 BA, and was the unquestioned clubhouse leader of the World Series champions. On September 22,2018, the Astros clinched their third consecutive AL West division title. They finished the season with a record of 107–55, the best in franchise history, and the best record in MLB. They became the first team since the 2002–2004 New York Yankees to have 3 consecutive 100-win seasons. They also became the first team in MLB history to have three consecutive 100-loss seasons and three consecutive 100-win seasons in the same decade.On November 12, 2019, The Astros were alleged to have used scouts watching catchers' signs in real time behind the dugout at Minute Maid Park to crack the signs and banging a trash can loudly to indicate what kind of pitch was coming. In 2021, they won their 3 pennants in the last 5 seasons.


HOUSTON ASTROS past 10 seasons MLB record

YEAR LEAGUEDIVISIONFINISHWINSLOSES PLAYOFFS
2011NLCentral6th56106-
2012NLCentral6th55107-
2013ALWest5th51111-
2014ALWest4th7092-
2015ALWest2nd 8676Won ALWC (Yankees) Lost ALDS (Royals) 3–2
2016ALWest3rd8478-
2017ALWest 1st10161Won ALDS (Red Sox) 3–1 Won ALCS (Yankees) 4–3 Won World Series (Dodgers) 4–3
2018ALWest 1st10359Won ALDS (Indians) 3–0 Lost ALCS (Red Sox) 4–1
2019AL West 1st10755Won ALDS (Rays) 3–2 Won ALCS (Yankees) 4–2 Lost World Series (Nationals) 4–3 *
2020ALWest2nd 2931Won ALWC (Twins) 2–0 Won ALDS (Athletics) 3–1 Lost ALCS (Rays) 4–3
2021AL West 1st9567Won ALDS (White Sox) 3–1 Won ALCS (Red Sox) 4–2 Lost World Series (Braves) 4–2 *



HOUSTON ASTROS Major League Titles

TITLES YEAR
World Series titles 2017
AL Pennants 2017, 2019, 2021
NL Pennants 2005
AL West Division titles 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
NL Central Division titles 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
NL West Division titles 1980, 1981, 1986


CURRENT HOUSTON ASTROS ROSTER MLB - 2022

PitchersCatchers Infielders Outfielders Designated Hitter
Bryan Abreu 66Jason Castro 18Alex Bregman 2Michael Brantley 23Yordan Alvarez 44
Ronel Blanco 56Martin Maldonado 15Aledmys Díaz 16Chas McCormick 20
Luis Garcia 77
Niko Goodrum 11Jose Siri 26
Cristian Javier 53
Yuli Gurriel 10Kyle Tucker 30
Seth Martinez 61
J.J. Matijevic 13

Phil Maton 88
Jeremy Peña 3

Rafael Montero 47



Parker Mushinski 67



Héctor Neris 50



Jake Odorizzi 17



Ryne Stanek 45



Blake Taylor 62



José Urquidy 65



Framber Valdez 59



Justin Verlander 35





Owner: JIM CRANE

Home Stadium: Minute Maid Park


Coaching Staff

ManagerDusty Baker Jr.
Bench CoachJoe Espada
Hitting CoachAlex Cintron
Hitting CoachTroy Snitker
Pitching CoachJoshua Miller
Pitching CoachBill Murphy
First Base CoachOmar Lopez
Third Base CoachGary Pettis
Major League CoachJason Kanzler
CoachMichael Collins
CoachDan Firova
Bullpen CatcherJavier Bracamonte
Field CoordinatorJason Bell
Florida Complex Pitching CoachErick Threets



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