founded in 1962
|Houston Colt .45s (1962-1964)|
|Navy blue, orange, white
|Ball park (s)|
|Website : astros.com|
The Houston Astros are an American baseball team based in Houston , Texas . You have been playing in the Western Division of the American League since 2013 . Before that, they played in the Central Division of the National League for 51 years . The change between the two American professional leagues resulted from an imbalance that had arisen between the leagues when the Milwaukee Brewers moved from the American League to the National League in 1998. The American League has only had 14 teams since then, while 16 teams competed in the National League. Due to the even distribution of 15 teams per league, both leagues could be divided into three divisions each with five teams.
The Houston Astros were founded in 1962 as the Houston Colt .45s . Three years later they were renamed Astros with the move to the new Astrodome in Houston . The name reflects the importance of Houston for the US space program . The team has played their home games at Minute Maid Park since 2000 . The Astros made it into the World Series twice . They clearly lost the 2005 World Series 4-0 against the Chicago White Sox . In 2017 they achieved it for the first time as an American League winner and subsequently won their first World Series title against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2019 the Astros reached the World Series again .
In January 2020 the managers AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow were banned from the MLB for a year due to a systematic spying on the signs of the opposing catchers and released from the team a day later. In addition, due to the so-called sign stealing scandal, the Astros were deprived of their voting rights in the first and second round of the MLB Draft 2020 and the club was fined five million US dollars . The MLB, however, rejected the withdrawal of the title, which was demanded by many.
Members of the Baseball Hall of Fame
|Houston Astros Hall of Famers|
|Membership in the National Baseball Hall of Fame|
Houston Colt .45s
as a manager
Players in bold are depicted on their Hall of Fame boards with Colt .45s or Astros badges.
Numbers that are no longer assigned
- 05 Jeff Bagwell
- 07 Craig Biggio
- 24 Jimmy Wynn
- 25 Jose Cruz
- 32 Jim Umbricht
- 33 Mike Scott
- 34 Nolan Ryan
- 40 Don Wilson
- 42 Jackie Robinson (at any Major League Baseball club)
- 49 Larry Dierker
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic , the number of players in the active squad at the beginning of the 2020 MLB season on 23/24. July increased to 30 players. Two weeks later there was a scheduled reduction to 28 players. Another two weeks later, the number of players is to be reduced to 26 and kept for the entire 2020 season. In the case of double-headers , the teams may appoint a 27th player to the active squad.
Minor league teams of the Houston Astros
- AAA : Fresno Grizzlies , Fresno , California
- AA : Corpus Christi Hooks , Corpus Christi , Texas
- Advanced A : Buies Creek Astros , Buies Creek , North Carolina
- A : Quad Cities River Bandits , Davenport , Iowa
- Short A : Tri-City Valley Cats , Troy , New York
- Rookie : Gulf Coast League Astros , West Palm Beach , Florida
- Rookie : Dominican Astros Astros , Dominican Republic
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- Hinch, Luhnow are suspended for '20, then let go. In: Major League Baseball. Retrieved January 14, 2020 .
- Heiko Oldbod: Baseball Scandal - This is how the Houston Astros espionage system worked. Der Spiegel, January 14, 2020, accessed June 8, 2020 .
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- Affiliate History - Los Angeles Angels. In: The Baseball Cube. Retrieved November 27, 2018 .
- Official Site of the Houston Astros (English)