I thought about shelving it for next year or deleting it altogether, but decided to go ahead and publish it as a way of honoring the 2017 World Series Champions and their fans.
So without further adieu... here are my five favorite Houston Astros from their all-time roster:
Current: Jose Altuve
2017 Gypsy Queen Gum Back Auto #CBCA-JA
I'll keep it short and simple. He's one of the best hitters in the league. He consistently plays hard. He's one of the leaders in the Astros clubhouse. And he accomplishes all of this while being one of the shortest guys in the league. He's truly the little engine that could and one of my favorite players in the game.
Early 90's to Mid 2000's: Craig Biggio
2013 Five Star Autographs #FSBA-CB
For years, I was more of a Bagwell, than a Biggio kind of guy. But when he became a member of the 3,000 hit club, I looked back at his career and was truly amazed at how his numbers added up over the years. I also admire any athlete that sticks with one franchise over their entire career.
Early 90's to Mid 2000's: Jeff Bagwell
2003 Flair Sweet Swatch Autos #JB
I enjoyed watching highlights of Bagwell since 1991, the same year he took our hobby by storm. I still have 20+ copies of his 1991 Upper Deck rookie card sitting in a box somewhere. He had the popular combination of hitting for average and power, while even displaying some speed for a few years. It was nice to see him get voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year.
Late 80's to Mid 90's: Ken Caminiti
1989 Donruss #542
When it comes to hitting, Ken Caminiti is hands down the biggest name to come out of my alma mater... San Jose State University. For that reason alone... he makes this list.
Mid 70's to Early 80's: J.R. Richard
I don't remember seeing Richard pitch in person, but I do remember being blown away by his statistics while flipping through my National League Green Books. From 1976 until he suffered his stroke in the Summer of 1980, he was considered one of the premiere pitchers in the National League. You gotta wonder if Houston would have been able to take down the Phillies in the NLCS had he been around to pitch that postseason.
What about you?
Who are your all-time favorite Houston Astros?
Hope all of you are enjoying your first weekend without baseball. Happy Saturday and sayonara!