The Astros won the first two games of that series and the two teams were tied for the division lead. It is a comprehensive team roster and player names are sorted by the fielding position where the most number of games were played during the regular season. The Astros dominated the season series against their expansion twins, the New York Mets. Sánchez lasted until one out in the top of the sixth, having allowed four runs on 10 hits while striking out four. [104], From 1985 to 2016, the Astros held spring training at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. The Colt .45s started their inaugural season on April 10, 1962, against the Chicago Cubs with Harry Craft as the Colt .45s' manager. The winner is selected by each local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.[99]. While not officially retired, the Astros have not reissued number 57 since 2002, when former Astros pitcher Darryl Kile died as an active player with the St. Louis Cardinals. 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The two teams share a spring training site in West Palm Beach, Florida, and opened the 2019 spring training schedule against each other. In Houston, KBME aired the series with Robert Ford and Steve Sparks announcing. 1 seed", "Astros Oust the Rays and Earn Another A.L.C.S. Ultimately, the strike would help the Astros get into the playoffs. He was so well liked by players and fans that the team retired his jersey number, 32, in 1965. [55] With no further scoring, the Astros evened the series, 2–2, ensuring a sixth game in Houston. Before Lanier took over, fans were accustomed to Houston's occasional slow starts, but with Lanier leading the way, Houston got off to a hot start, winning 13 of their first 19 contests. Roger Clemens and Andrew Pettitte filed for free agency. [74] Sean Doolittle relieved Strasburg, and allowed a two-out double to Carlos Correa, but nothing further, and the Nationals evened the series to force a deciding seventh game. With their season on the line, the Astros would nonetheless rally for two runs to come to within 7–6. The wall was moved in to 409 feet (125 m), which the team hoped would generate more home runs. During the offseason, the Astros attempted to fix some of their problem areas. The scandal rippled through the baseball world as internet sports personality Jomboy published videos that appeared to clearly show the scheme. The series was played from October 22 to October 30. Lanier's style of baseball took Houston by storm. [102], MLB International fed the series to broadcasters outside the United States, with Matt Vasgersian providing play-by-play and Buck Martinez as color commentator. For the third time in franchise history, and second consecutive season, the team won over 100 games; they finished the regular season 103–59 (a new franchise record) by sweeping a double-header against the Baltimore Orioles on September 29, 2018. The team's trademark rainbow uniforms were retired, and the team's colors changed to midnight blue and metallic gold. Though he had asserted a desire to remain with the Astros, Beltrán signed a long-term contract with the New York Mets on January 9, 2005. The former was supplanted by Dick Wagner, the man whose Reds defeated the Astros to win the 1979 NL West title. Woody Williams had retired after a 0–4 spring training and Jason Jennings was now with Texas. After a bad start to their season, with Houston going just 7–17 in April, the Astros bounced back and went on to have a winning record in their next four months, including an 18–8 record in June. Though the Astros were poised to close out the series in Game Five in Houston, Brad Lidge gave up a monstrous two-out three-run home run to Albert Pujols, forcing the series to a sixth game in St. Louis, where the Astros clinched a World Series appearance. Doolittle earned his second save of the postseason and the underdogs took the series lead, marking the first time in franchise history that the Nationals won a World Series game. Lainer knew the Astros had talent and he put it to work. In the second inning, Josh Reddick batted in Carlos Correa as Houston scored the game's first run. However, they lost the 2019 World Series to the Washington Nationals in seven games, taking three games in Washington but losing all four of their games at home. McMullen showed the city of Houston that he too wanted a winning team, signing nearby Alvin, Texas native Nolan Ryan to the first million-dollar-a-year deal. In the World Series, the Astros faced the Dodgers. The 5 ft 9 in Wynn was becoming known not only for how often he hit home runs, but also for how far he hit them. [71] Post-game, both managers voiced displeasure with the bat-carrying; Bregman apologized and said he was at fault. The Houston Astros have been hit with a series of huge penalties after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded the club cheated during their 2017 World Series winning season.. On October 31, the Astros declined a contract option on Jeff Bagwell for 2007, ending his 15-year Astros career and leading to his retirement. Through the 2019 World Series, the franchise had competed for 36 seasons as the Montreal Expos (1969–2004) and then 15 seasons as the Washington Nationals (2005–2019). [9] The 1967 season saw first baseman Eddie Mathews join the Astros. After two fairly successful seasons without a playoff appearance, the Astros were early favorites to win the 2004 NL pennant. The Astrodome, coined the "Eighth Wonder of the World", did little to improve the home team's results on the field. In Biggio's last at bat, he grounded out to Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves. [37] Adam Eaton batted in a run in the top of the fifth inning, followed two batters later by a Soto two-run double, giving the Nationals a 5–2 lead. After a medical examination three days later, Richard was told to rest his arm and he collapsed during a July 30 workout. The move was part of an overall divisional realignment of MLB, with the National and American leagues each having 15 teams in three geographically balanced divisions. [54] It was the 20th ever World Series grand slam and first since Addison Russell hit one in Game 6 of the 2016 World Series. On December 12, the Astros traded Willy Taveras, Taylor Buchholz, and Jason Hirsh to the Colorado Rockies for Rockies pitchers Jason Jennings and Miguel Asencio. As the games of June 23 concluded, the Astros had an 11.5-game lead over the rest of the division. The team was still building, trying to find that perfect mix to compete. In the third inning, José Altuve doubled and advanced to third on an error, then scored on an infield single by Michael Brantley, giving the Astros a 2–0 lead. A lack of run production and a poor record in close games were major issues. The Astros regressed in 2008 and 2009, finishing with records of 86–75 and 74–88, respectively. They finished 101–61, with a 21-game lead in the division, and faced the Red Sox in the first round of the AL playoffs. It was the third World Series in which home-field advantage was decided by the regular-season records of the American and National league champions, a practice that started in the 2017 season. Originally to be named The Ballpark at Union Station due to being located on the site of Union Station, it was renamed Enron Field by the season opening after the naming rights were sold to energy corporation Enron. The Astros also wore navy uniforms with the orange rainbow stripes along the side; the front originally featured the "H" star before replacing it with "Astros" in orange in 2016. History says, Yes! By Ray Sanchez, CNN. The two biggest moves the Astros made in the offseason were the acquisitions of Joe Niekro and José Cruz. With new manager Grady Hatton, the Astros started the 1966 season strong. Belts were replaced by elastic waistbands, and jerseys zipped up instead of having buttons. The Astros' batting average was up by 19 points compared to the season before. In the top of the second inning,[note 6] Ryan Zimmerman hit a home run to cut the Astros' lead to 2–1. The uniforms became popular with fans, but would last only until 1975, when the Astros would shock baseball and the fashion world.[25]. José Cruz became Houston's everyday left fielder and hit .303 with 28 stolen bases. Ryan threw his fifth no-hitter on September 26 and finished the season with a 1.69 ERA. "[14] Caps were all-navy featuring ".45s" in orange letters in front. Various baseball terms appearing in the summaries can be found in the glossary of baseball. 2019 World Series (4–3): Washington Nationals (NL) defeated Houston Astros (AL). The most popular color? The same multi-colored stripes ran down the pant legs. As part of a ten-year, $1 billion deal with Comcast that includes a majority stake jointly held by the Astros and the Houston Rockets, Houston Astros games moved to the new Comcast SportsNet Houston at the beginning of the 2013 season. Houston Astros Team History & Encyclopedia. Hinch was named manager on September 29, replacing Bo Porter, who was fired on September 1.[72]. The Astros were founded in 1962 as the Colt.45s, and have been a central part of the Houston sports scene ever since. On December 14, they sent infielder Chris Burke, RHP Juan Gutiérrez, and RHP Chad Qualls to the Arizona Diamondbacks for RHP José Valverde. The Nationals wore their alternate blue jerseys for all seven games. The Astros defeated the Red Sox three games to one, and advanced to the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees. The Astros bought Niekro from the Braves for almost nothing. A starter for the Colt .45s, Farrell was primarily a relief pitcher prior to playing for Houston. Many of those associated with the Houston Buffaloes organization were allowed by the ownership to continue in the major league. [citation needed] The National League Championship Series featured a rematch of the 2004 NLCS. Additionally, the mid-season addition of Carlos Beltrán in a trade with the Kansas City Royals helped the Astros tremendously in their playoff run. Lee May was traded to Baltimore for much talked about rookie second baseman Rob Andrews and utility player Enos Cabell. The Astros finished with a record of 56–106, the worst single-season record in franchise history (a record which would be broken the following season). The Astros would get the run back in the bottom of the 14th when Hatcher (in a classic goat-to-hero-conversion-moment) hit one of the most dramatic home runs in NLCS history, off the left-field foul pole. The Astros struggled throughout a season that was marked by trade-deadline deals that sent longtime Astros to other teams. Both the home and road uniforms featured a star substituting for the penultimate letter "O" in both "Astros" (home) and "Houston" (road); the road uniform was later tweaked in 1997 with the star now affixed next to the word "Houston". The Astros' Don Wilson and the Mets' Tom Seaver faced each other in a battle that lasted six hours. With the change in location also came a change in attire. The Houston infield tandem of Menke and Joe Morgan continued to improve, providing power at the plate and great defense. Cora was implicated in the report but Manfred withheld a decision on his punishment until the completion of a separate investigation into electronic sign stealing in 2018, when Cora was manager of the Red Sox. [46] Aníbal Sánchez started for the Nationals, while Zack Greinke started for the Astros. [76] This was the first instance in MLB, NBA, or NHL history where the road team won the first six games of a best-of-seven series. In the eighth inning, a two-run home run by Adam Eaton plus a run batted in (RBI) by Asdrúbal Cabrera extended the Nationals' lead to nine runs. Team favorites Nolan Ryan and José Cruz [51] moved on and the team entered a rebuilding phase. Clemens earned a record seventh Cy Young Award in 2004. In 2002, naming rights were purchased by Houston-based Minute Maid, after Enron went bankrupt. The Astros finished the 2016 season 11 games behind the Rangers. It was the first World Series appearance for a team from Washington D.C. since 1933, including 33 seasons that the city did not host an MLB team (1972–2004). [57][58] The Astros finished with a record of 76–86. [93][94] In championship series of the NBA, NHL, and MLB contested during 2019, road teams compiled an overall 17–3 record. [101] Joe Buck called the games as play-by-play announcer along with John Smoltz as color commentator and Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci as field reporters. The name Orbit pays homage to Houston's association with NASA and nickname Space City. The '2017 Houston Astros World Series roster' quiz. Carlos Correa hit a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend the lead to 2–0. César Cedeño led the club with 81 RBIs and the league with 40 doubles, but batted just .264 and had 102 strikeouts in his second season with the Astros. Warren Giles, William's father and President of the National League from 1951 to 1969, had awarded an MLB franchise to the city of Houston in 1960. [72][73], Verlander exited after five innings, having allowed three runs on five hits while striking out three batters. The Astros finished in fourth place in 1985. Game four went into extra innings, with the Phillies taking the lead and the win in the tenth inning. [71]. It was also in 1967 that Wynn hit his famous home run onto Interstate 75 in Cincinnati. [82] It was the first ejection in a World Series since 1996, when Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox had been ejected. José Cruz and Enos Cabell both stole 30 bases. Despite having the go-ahead runs on base, Smith was able to escape the inning without any further damage. 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[17], In the prior two seasons, the Astros had won the 2017 World Series, the franchise's first World Series championship,[18] and lost the 2018 American League Championship Series to the Boston Red Sox. He would be traded late in the season and Doug Rader would be promoted to the big leagues. Juan Soto led off the top of the fourth inning with a home run to tie the game, 2–2. Stephen Strasburg dazzled in his World Series debut and the Nationals scored six in the 7th en route to a 2-0 World Series lead!Don't forget to subscribe! [25], The 1975 season saw the introduction of the Astros' new uniforms. [92] For the first time in major North American sports history, the visiting team won all seven games of a best-of-seven postseason series. Knepper finished with an ERA of 2.18. Richard became the first Astros pitcher to start an All-Star game. Surgery was done to save his life, but the Astros had lost their ace pitcher after a 10–4 start with a stingy 1.89 ERA. [111], See: List of colleges and universities in Houston, "Astros" redirects here. [25], Joe Morgan returned in 1980. Long hair and loud colors were starting to appear on team uniforms, including the Astros'. The Dominican outfielder batted .310 after being called up. 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. [50][57] The starting pitchers were Gerrit Cole for Houston and Joe Ross for Washington. [61][62] Two women in the crowd flashed their bare chests during the game—briefly visible on television—in an attempt to raise awareness for their website, claiming proceeds from the site "will be going to women with breast cancer". [9] The 1964 campaign began on a sad note, as relief pitcher Jim Umbricht died of cancer at the age of 33 on April 8, just before Opening Day. [38] The Astros finished in third place again in 1977 with a record of 81–81.[25]. With May gone, Bob Watson was able to move to first base and was a bright spot in the line up, batting .324 with 85 RBI. The Astros run production was down, even though the same five sluggers the year before were still punching the ball out of the park. Per MLB rules, the teams' other radio affiliates may carry the series but must air the ESPN Radio broadcast. [45] Chad Cordero of the 2005 Nationals threw out the ceremonial first pitch to former teammate Brian Schneider; former astronaut Buzz Aldrin also threw a ceremonial pitch. Scott, who was coming off of a 5–11 season, had found his new pitch and would become one of Houston's most celebrated hurlers. [9][46][47], Prior to the start of the season the Astros acquired outfielder Billy Hatcher from the Cubs for Jerry Mumphrey. [85][note 7] The starting pitchers were Washington's Max Scherzer, who won Game 1, and Houston's Zack Greinke, who received a no decision in Game 3,[86] making this the first World Series Game 7 started by two previous Cy Young Award winners. [note 10] Additionally, the Nationals became the first team to win the World Series in their first appearance since 2002, when the Anaheim Angels accomplished the feat by defeating the San Francisco Giants in seven games. Former Astro Brian McCann threw out the ceremonial first pitch to former teammate Evan Gattis. In the bottom of the ninth, catcher Brad Ausmus hit a game-tying home run that allowed the game to continue in extra innings. During the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the Astros again qualified for the playoffs (this time with a losing record), making a run for their fourth consecutive American League Championship Series appearance after having beaten the Minnesota Twins and division rival Oakland Athletics. In the 1998 season, the Astros set a team record with 102 victories. The team's best pitcher, Richard "Turk" Farrell, lost 20 games despite an ERA of 3.02. This change suddenly made it difficult for listeners outside of Houston itself to hear the Astros, as KTRH runs 50 kilowatts of power day and night, and KBME runs only five kilowatts. [53] Urquidy exited after five innings, having held the Nationals scoreless, retiring nine straight batters before being removed. [4][5], 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. Updated 8:21 PM ET, Tue January 14, 2020 . The performance of pitchers in a game is often summarized by wording such as "two runs on three hits while striking out four batters", indicating how many runs and hits the pitcher allowed (the fewer, the better) and how many opposing batters the pitcher struck out (the more, the better). 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Shortly thereafter, McMullen (who also owned the NHL's New Jersey Devils) sold the team to Texas businessman Drayton McLane in 1993, who committed to keeping the team in Houston. [89], The Nationals' win marked the sixth straight year that a team clinched the World Series title via a win on the road,[note 9] including four times that a Game 7 was won by the visiting team. The '2017 Houston Astros World Series roster' quiz. The ballpark also featured more intimate surroundings than the Astrodome. The creditors were just interested in preserving asset value of the team, so any money spent had to be found or saved somewhere else. Joe Niekro had a great year with 21 wins and 3.00 ERA. In 2015, Dallas Keuchel led the AL with 20 victories, going 15–0 at home, an MLB record. The Astros came back against Tug McGraw with four singles and two two-out runs. The 2019 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2019 season. In 1970, the Astros were expected to be a serious threat in the National League West. [27], The Astros' acquisition of Lee May added more power to the lineup in 1972. Tal's Hill was replaced in the 2016–2017 offseason. This was the fifth time a World Series started with the road team winning the first four games, the most recent occurrence having been 1996. [77] Astros pitcher Brad Peacock fielded the ball and threw it to first base; the ball was not caught by first baseman Yuli Gurriel and rolled into foul territory beyond the base, apparently giving the Nationals runners on second and third with no outs. The letters were written in a more futuristic manner. Clemens struck out, but the next batter, Chris Burke, hit a home run to left field for the Astros win, 7–6. [42] The Astros would however win the one-game playoff 7–1, and advance to their first post-season. Richard attempted a comeback, but would never again pitch a big league game.[25][41]. Despite general agreement that the rainbow uniforms identified with the team had become tired (and looked too much like a minor league team according to the new owners), the new uniforms and caps were never especially popular with many Astros fans. Not to be outdone, Menke batted .304 and Jesús Alou batted .306. Houston Astros News / Yardbarker / April 14. The team looked good on paper, but could not make it work on the field. [48], The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by a Nationals Youth Baseball Academy scholar-athlete. Washington scored five more runs in the seventh off Ryan Pressly, extending their lead to 8–2. He hit a grand slam in that night's game which broke a 3–3 tie and led to an Astros win. For TV this World Orbit was the team's official mascot from the 1990 through the 1999 seasons, where a rabbit named Junction Jack was introduced as the team's mascot with the move from the Astrodome to then Enron Field in 2000. [20] Their 107 wins were a franchise record, and the most in MLB for the season. A. Happ and two minor league players. [11][12] Eventually, the Houston Sports Association succeeded in purchasing the Houston Buffaloes, at this point majority-owned by William Hopkins, on January 17, 1961. [111] Game 1 had the second-lowest audience for any Game 1 to date, with only the 2014 World Series having a smaller audience for the opener. [22][24] The team looked good, but the Astros' ERA was up. Belts were replaced by elastic waistbands, and jerseys zipped up instead of having buttons. Despite high expectations, 1975 was among the Astros' worst in franchise history. Both uniforms featured the city name (road) and team name (home) in block navy letters with orange trim, along with numbers on the left chest. However, in 1996, the Astros again nearly left Houston. Players' numbers not only appeared on the back of the jersey, but also on the pant leg. Ford Motor Credit Company was still in control of the team and was looking to sell the Astros, but would not spend money on better players. However, despite becoming just the second team in the history of baseball to rebound from an 0–3 series deficit, the Astros ultimately fell to the Tampa Bay Rays after seven historically tight games in the ALCS. On July 30, 2011, the Astros traded OF Hunter Pence, the team's 2010 leader in home runs, to the Philadelphia Phillies. Prior to this series, the Astros and Nationals had never played each other in a postseason series, despite Houston playing in the NL from 1962 to 2012 until their move to the AL West in 2013. The most popular color? By Ray Sanchez, CNN. [115] Overall, this World Series had the fourth-lowest average number of viewers, with only 2014, 2012, and 2008 being lower. Now with an investor in charge, the Astros would be more likely to compete in the free-agent market. [89] The investigation found no evidence of sign stealing in their pennant-winning 2019 season. The 115th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the American League champion Houston Astros and the National League champion Washington Nationals. The Astros lost the first game in St. Louis, but would win the next three games, with Roy Oswalt getting the win. However, the move was not approved by other National League owners, thus compelling the Astros to remain in Houston. With the Nationals being from the National League East; the past six World Series winners have come from each of the divisions in Major League Baseball. The orange alternate contained the team name and numbers in navy with white trim. The series was played from October 22 to October 30. One of the big problems the Astros had in the late 1970s was that they were unable to compete in the free-agent market. Alex Bregman tied the game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first. 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