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The Best Houston Astros Of All Time

Updated April 19, 2020 23.8k votes 2.6k voters 43.0k views118 items

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This is a list of the best Houston Astros ever, whether top Astros pitchers or top hitters. Originally called the Colt .45s, the Houston Astros had been a mainstay in the National League for 50 years. But 2013 saw the franchise move from the NL Central to the AL West, and thus beginning a new chapter in Astros history. From the early 1990s until 2008, the Astros were perennial playoff contenders, reaching the World Series in 2005. Those teams featured many of the greatest players in the team's history. 

To many baseball fans, the Killer Bs, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio are the best known players from the Astros best years. These players are considered three of the best in Astros history. Bagwell won the 1991 Rookie of the Year and 1994 National League MVP award. He retired after the 2005 National League Championship season and remains one of the most revered Astros. Biggio, whose entire 20 year career was spent in Houston, eclipsed 3,000 hits during playing days. Accomplishing this feat, along with his rep as the best position player in team history landed him in the Astros Hall of Fame and will soon see him land in the Baseball Hall of Fame in the near future. As for pitchers, Nolan Ryan, Roy Oswalt and Roger Clemens are the best to put on an Astros uniform. While Ryan and Clemens didn't spend their prime in Houston, they still turned in fine seasons. Oswalt is widely considered one of the best Astros ever and helped propel them to the World Series.

If there is a player missing from this list of the greatest Houston Astros of all time, feel free to add him to this list. Vote or rerank to how you think it should best represent who are the greatest Houston Astros of all time. 

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  • 1
    Jeff Bagwell
    1,070
    235

    Jeff Bagwell

    First baseman

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    #433 of 580 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#170 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 2
    Craig Biggio
    1,131
    258

    Craig Biggio

    Outfielder, Catcher

    BirthplaceSmithtown, New York, United States of America

  • 3
    Nolan Ryan
    1,181
    282

    Nolan Ryan

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceRefugio, Texas, United States of America

  • 4
    Jose Altuve
    1,184
    283

    Jose Altuve

    Second baseman

    BirthplaceMaracay, Venezuela

  • 5
    George Springer
    607
    102

    George Springer

    Outfielder

    BirthplaceNew Britain, Connecticut

  • 6
    J. R. Richard
    393
    107

    J. R. Richard

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceVienna, Louisiana

  • 7
    Mike Scott
    468
    139

    Mike Scott

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California

  • 8
    Justin Verlander
    473
    50

    BirthplaceManakin-Sabot, Virginia

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    #42 of 62 The Most Likable Active MLB Players#30 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

  • 9
    Roy Oswalt
    468
    158

    Roy Oswalt

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceWeir, Mississippi

  • 10
    Alex Bregman
    413
    46

    Alex Bregman

    Third baseman, shortstop

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

  • 11
    Lance Berkman
    557
    194

    Lance Berkman

    Designated hitter, Right fielder

    BirthplaceWaco, Texas, United States of America

  • 12
    Billy Wagner
    389
    119

    Billy Wagner

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceTannersville, Virginia, Virginia

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    #307 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time#88 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

  • 13
    José Cruz
    453
    160

    José Cruz

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceArroyo, Puerto Rico

  • 14
    Carlos Correa
    480
    153

    Carlos Correa

    Shortstop

    BirthplaceSanta Isabel, Puerto Rico

  • 15
    Joe Morgan
    309
    107

    Joe Morgan

    Second baseman

    BirthplaceBonham, Texas, USA

  • 16
    Cesar Cedeno
    364
    122

    Cesar Cedeno

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

  • 17
    Joe Niekro
    259
    95

    Joe Niekro

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceMartins Ferry, Ohio

  • 18
    Jimmy Wynn
    260
    92

    Jimmy Wynn

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceHamilton, Ohio

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    #115 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#289 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

  • 19
    Ken Caminiti
    279
    105

    Ken Caminiti

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceHanford, California

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    #83 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time#50 of 77 The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs

  • 20
    Larry Dierker
    218
    89

    Larry Dierker

    Manager, Pitcher

    BirthplaceHollywood, Los Angeles, California

  • 21
    Bob Watson
    176
    66

    Bob Watson

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

  • 22
    Roger Clemens
    313
    126

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

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  • 23
    Dallas Keuchel
    264
    129

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

  • 24
    Moisés Alou
    187
    91

    Moisés Alou

    Right fielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

  • 25
    Mike Hampton
    154
    67

    Mike Hampton

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceBrooksville, Florida, United States of America