Houston Astros: Top 5 Second Basemen In Franchise History
Top 5 Second Basemen in Houston Astros History
The Houston Astros celebrated their 50 year anniversary last season. Many articles were written about the Astros and their best all time team. Today I will be walking you through the Astros top 5 second basemen of all time. The Astros have had some pretty outstanding second basemen throughout their tenure in Major League Baseball. You can't forget about the present second baseman of the Houston Astros (pictured above), Jose Altuve. Altuve is a hitting machine. Not to mention, he was a 2012 All Star. Altuve was easily the Astros best offensive player in 2012, and is looking at repeating that in 2013. Altuve is a fantastic player for the Astros, but he is not on this list. This list will be about past second basemen, not present. So as I said before, Jose Altuve is not on this list...yet! Give it some time, Altuve just may be on this list in the future!
For the players on this list, only one of these players have stayed with the Astros throughout their entire career. Each of these players have their own special moments in Astros history. Some of those moments may include 3000 hits, All Star selections, Walk off home runs in the playoffs, and so on. Some of my selections may surprise you, others may not. Everyone knows about Craig Biggio and his history with the Astros, but can you name any more Astros second basemen? For the fans that are not aware of the Astros second base history, this slideshow is for!
Number 5: Jeff Kent
Jeff Kent (pictured above at San Francisco Giants Spring Training) played for the Astros in 2003 and 2004. Kent was an All Star for the Astros in 2004.
Number 4: Chris Burke
Chris Burke was never an All Star for the Astros. He was never mentioned as a top player. But, Burke always gave his all every game. Burke's biggest moment with the Astros was a walk off home run in the 2005 NLDS.
Number 3: Joe Morgan
Joe Morgan played with the Astros from 1963-1970, and then again in 1980. Morgan was a two time All Star with Astros. Can't forget, Morgan is in the baseball Hall of Fame, though he didn't go in as an Astro.
Number 2: Bill Doran
Bill Doran (not pictured) was never an All Star. To this day, Bill Doran is still considered the Astros top defensive second basemen in history. Up until the emergence of the next play on this list, Doran was considered the franchise's greatest second baseman. Doran played with the Astros from 1982-1990
Without further delay, it is time to name the number one second baseman in Astros history. I'm sure you can figure this one out.
Number 1: Craig Biggio
The number one second baseman in Astros history, without a doubt, is Craig Biggio. Biggio is a seven time All Star, and a four time Gold Glove winner. Biggio is a member of the 3,000 hits club, and one day shall be in baseball's Hall of Fame. Number seven is retired by the Astros