The All-Time Ultimate Astros Roster
The Astros are celebrating their 50th season in major league baseball this year. The team's going to be rolling out the throwback uniforms on Friday nights, and they'll probably find other ways to celebrate their history before making a new start of it in the American League next season.
Once compared to Willie Mays.
I thought I would use this space, before the season gets going, to name my all-time Astros roster. These players would be the ones I would select for my ultimate Astros fantasy roster. My one criterion is that the player has to have been more than just a rental (i.e., Randy Johnson, Carlos Beltran), and he has to have spent more than just a couple of seasons with the club between stops elsewhere (i.e, Jeff Kent, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte).
I'm sure most of you will disagree with my picks, but so be it. You're free to use the comments to leave your roster or complain about a player I left off.
Heavy on players from the glory days of the mid-`90s through the World Series. Jeff Bagwell's the best player to ever suit up for the Astros, as good defensively as he was offensively. Craig Biggio's a legend, and Ken Caminiti was a human vacuum cleaner at the hot corner. Brad Ausmus didn't hit as well as the others, but he knew how to control a pitching staff, and he was the best the team's ever seen at handling opposing baserunners.
The real tragedy is Dickie Thon, who was Derek Jeter, A-Rod, Barry Larkin, etc. before they were even playing. He was hit in the head by a pitch early in the 1984 season, and though he came back to play several more seasons, he was never the same player.