Houston Astros Baseball Team; Amazing Facts about the Team
The Houston Astro’s is an American professional baseball team based in Houston, Texas. For the first 51 seasons of the team’s existence, it was a member of the National League (NL) where it won an NL pennant in 2005. Currently, the team is a member of the American League (AL) South Division and competes in Major League Baseball (MLB). Since the year 2000, the team has been playing their home games at Minute Maid Park.
History of the Houston Astros
The Houston Astros Baseball team was founded in 1962 and joined the National League in the same year. During this time, the team’s name was Houston Colt .45s. It performed fairly poorly in its first 7 seasons where it finished among the bottom three positions in the league. Actually, the only notable development was the team’s opening of their new stadium known as the Astrodome in 1965. The name “Astrodome” was coined to refer to Houston’s home to NASA space center. In order to be identified with their new stadium, the team opted to change its name to Houston Astros in the same year.
In 1970, a great star and outfielder Cesar Cedeno joined the team which saw him earn All- Stars honors 4 times hence becoming the first superstar of the team. Another All-star outfielder joined the team in 1975 but this didn’t take the team to a higher level as it remained relatively unsuccessful throughout the decade only finishing once at second place in their division. The team finished lower than the third position in the rest of the seasons.
Starting in 1979, the Astros began building their team around speed and pitching to counter main weakness, hitting and power. This actually worked and they became contenders for the first time. During 1980s, Astros made another good move by signing in a now legendary pitching ace Nolan Ryan who led the team into winning their first NL West Championship. This was the most exciting season for the franchise history. However, Astros was eliminated by the champion Philadelphia Phillies. They returned to play-offs in the 1981 season but they lost again to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In 1983, they signed in Mike Scott who teamed up with Ryan to help the team earn another berth in the NLCS but again defeated by the New York Mets in 6 games. Mike Scott was, however, named the most valuable player of the series despite his team losing.
For the rest of 1980s and early 1990s, Astros remained a middle-of-the-pack team. But in 1993, they posted 7 consecutive winning and 3 postseason appearances led by their “killer B’s”, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. Between 1997-99, the team was eliminated in the opening round of their 3 play0off appearances even after adding another “ Killer B” Lance Berkman in 1999. In 2000, the team moved from Astrodome to Minute Maid Park where they currently play their home games. In 2005, the team managed to defeat the Cardinals in an NLCS rematch hence earning a place in the first World Series in their history.
In 2013, the Houston Astros was moved to AL West from NL Central to form two 25-team North American major baseball leagues. Surprisingly in 2015, the team added 16 wins to its total and advanced to play-offs marking yet
another wonderful history in the franchise history.
The Houston Astros team is now owned by Jim Crane and managed by A.J.Hinch and Jeff Luhnow. Its total value, according to the Forbes, is $1,450. The team is housed by the Houston’s Minute Maid Park which replaced the Astrodome in 2000. Minute Maid Park is the first retractable-roofed stadium of Houston with a seating capacity of 41,168. It’s owned and operated by Harris County-Houston Sports Authority.