37 Facts About Houston Astros

1. The Houston Astros have beefed up their infield, courtesy of the team north of the border.

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2. The Houston Astros might lose utility man Marwin Gonzalez in free agency.

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3. In a few weeks the Houston Astros are throwing the doors open at Minute Maid Park for a holiday bash and having a major sale on select items at the team store.

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4. The Houston Astros acquired infielder Aledmys Diaz in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, giving up minor league pitcher Trent Thornton on Saturday.

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5. In April 1977, the Houston Astros introduced their very first mascot, Chester Charge.

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6. The Houston Astros defeated the Dodgers in the deciding seventh game of the World Series, winning the first championship in franchise history.

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7. The Houston Astros won the ALCS four games to three, and advanced to the World Series to play against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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8. The Houston Astros defeated the Red Sox three games to one, and advanced to the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees.

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9. In 2014, Sports Illustrated predicted the Houston Astros would win the 2017 World Series through their strategic rebuilding process.

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10. The Houston Astros finished the 2016 season eleven games behind the Rangers.

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11. In 1980, the Houston Astros played the Philadelphia Phillies for the NL pennant with Gene Elston on the radio.

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12. The Houston Astros would go on to hire former St Louis Cardinals front office executive Jeff Luhnow as their general manager.

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13. On November 6, 2012, the Houston Astros hired former Cleveland Indians director of baseball operations David Stearns as the team's new assistant general manager.

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14. On November 2, 2012, the Houston Astros unveiled their new look in preparation for their move to the American League for the 2013 season.

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15. On September 27, the Houston Astros named Bo Porter to be the manager for the 2013 season.

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16. In 2012, the Houston Astros were eliminated from the playoffs before September 5.

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17. On July 30, 2011, the Houston Astros traded OF Hunter Pence, the team's 2010 leader in home runs, to the Philadelphia Phillies.

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18. On the other side of the roster, the Houston Astros would start without Kazuo Matsui, who was on a minor league rehab assignment after a spring training injury.

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19. The Houston Astros released Wilson and he was signed by St Louis.

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20. The Houston Astros renewed the contract with Clemens and traded two minor league prospects to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for left-handed hitter Aubrey Huff.

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21. The Houston Astros lost the first game in St Louis, but would win the next three games, with Roy Oswalt getting the win.

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22. The Houston Astros won a wild card berth on the final day of the regular season, becoming the first team since the world champion 1914 Boston Braves to qualify for the postseason after being 15 games under.

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23. In the 1998 season, the Houston Astros set a team record with 102 victories.

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24. Prior to the start of the season the Houston Astros acquired outfielder Billy Hatcher from the Cubs for Jerry Mumphrey.

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25. The Houston Astros finished fourth in the west, but new talent was starting to appear.

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26. The Houston Astros failed to score in the bottom of the tenth.

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27. The Houston Astros came back against Tug McGraw with four singles and two two-out runs.

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28. The Houston Astros held a three-game lead over the Dodgers with three games left in the season against the Dodgers.

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29. The Houston Astros won the first two games of that series and the two teams were tied for the division lead.

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30. The Houston Astros bought Niekro from the Braves for almost nothing.

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31. The Houston Astros got off to a slow start and the pitching and hitting averages were down.

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32. The Houston Astros' batting average was up by 19 points compared to the season before.

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33. In 1970, the Houston Astros were expected to be a serious threat in the National League West.

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34. The Houston Astros dominated the season series against their expansion twins, the New York Mets.

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35. The Houston Astros asked Commissioner Bowie Kuhn to void the trade, but he refused.

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36. As the season came to a close, the Houston Astros found themselves again in ninth place and with a winning percentage below.

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37. The Houston Astros have played their home games at Minute Maid Park since 2000.

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