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MLB History: All-Time Astros All-Star Team

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One of the greatest things about MLB History is getting the opportunity to put together one of the greatest Houston Astros teams of All-Time. Many greats have donned the Astros uniform since the team was founded in 1962 as the Colt 45’s.

Since the team was founded, the Astros are the only team in MLB history to have won league pennants in both the National League (2005) and American League (2017 and 2019), with three World Series appearances and one World Series Championship (2017).

MLB History: The All-Star Lineup

Catcher: Brad Ausmus (1997-98, 2001-2008)

Honorable Mention: Alan Ashby

Brad Ausmus is one of the best catchers to ever play for the Astros. During his ten-years, Ausmus batted .246, with 41 home runs and 386 RBIs, all while taking command of one of the best pitching rotations in Astros history that consisted of Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Roy Oswalt that take the Astros to the World Series for the first time in franchise history in 2005.

During the 2005 National League Division Series, Ausmus hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the 9th inning against the Atlanta Braves. The Astros would win that game 7-6 in an 18 inning marathon and the series, which sent the Astros to the NLCS.

First Base: Jeff Bagwell (1991-2005)

Honorable Mention: Bob Watson

Jeff Bagwell is no surprise at first baseball. The Boston Red Sox drafted Bagwell in the fourth round of the 1989 draft. Bagwell was traded in 1990 to the Astros from the Red Sox, and the rest is history. Bagwell would spend his entire 15-year career with the Astros in which he batted .297, with 449 career home runs and 1592 RBIs, all while using that unique batting stance. Not to mention, Bagwell would be elected to the Hall of Fame in 2017.

Second Base: Craig Biggio (1988-2007)

Honorable Mention: Jose Altuve

The case for second base is tough because there have been some great second basemen to play for the Astros, but if one has to be chosen, it would have to be Craig Biggio. Biggio was drafted by the Astros in the first round of the 1987 draft and quickly made his way through the Minors before getting called up in 1988. The future Hall of Famer started his MLB career as a catcher but made the change to second base in 1992. From then on, Biggio would go on to become a seven-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glover, and five-time Silver Slugger during his twenty-year career, all with the Astros. Biggio would be elected to the Hall of Fame in 2015.

Shortstop: Carlos Correa (2015-present)

Honorable Mention: Dickie Thon

Carlos Correa is one of the most electrifying shortstops in the game today. Since getting called up in 2015, Correa has had his battles with injuries but has still managed to rack up 107 home runs, a .276 batting average, and a .833 OPS. What makes Correa a part of this all-time Astros team is his play during the postseason play. In 63 postseason games, Correa has a career .270 postseason batting average, with 17 home runs and 50 RBIs.

Third Base: Alex Bregman (2016-present)

Honorable Mention: Ken Caminiti

No disrespect to Ken Caminiti, but Alex Bregman has turned many heads since he graced Astros fans with his presence in 2016. Bregman’s rise to stardom came by no surprise given how fast he rose through the Astros farm system. Bregman was drafted as the second overall pick in the 2015 draft out of Louisana State University. Bregman has a .283 batting average, 342 RBIs, and a .902 OPS over his career. Bregman reached All-Star status for the first time in his young career back in 2018, in which he took home the MVP honors. In 2019, Bregman finished second in the MVP voting losing to Mike Trout.

Left Field: Lance Berkman (1999-2010)

Honorable Mention: Jose Cruz

Many players have graced the left-field position for the Astros over the years, but none have had better success than one of the original Killer B’s, Lance Berkman. A native Texan and former Rice Owl, Berkman was drafted by the Astros in the first round of the 1997 draft.

Throughout his career, Berkman was a constant threat at the plate, batting .293, with 366 home runs, 1234 RBIs, and a .943 OPS. As an Astro, Berkman batted .296, 326 home runs, 1090 RBIs, and a .959 OPS. Berkman was also a six-time All-Star; five of those came during his time with the Astros. Berkman spent the first 12 years of his career before getting traded to the New York Yankees in 2010. Berkman would then sign a two-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011 and become World Series Champion later that season.

Center Field: Jimmy Wynn (1963-1973)

Honorable Mention: Cesar Cedeno

Like at third base, the center field position could go to several Astros players that have played the position. But, if it has to come down to style, then Jimmy Wynn gets the honors. One of the original Colt 45’s, Wynn had the nickname “The Toy Cannon.” Standing at 5′ 9″, Wynn could hit the cover off of the baseball for being a player short in stature.

During his 15 year career, 12 years spent with the Astros; Wynn compiled a .250 batting average, 1,665 hits, and 291 home runs, all while hitting the Astrodome, which had a deep outfield. One of Wynn’s signature moments is when the Astros were playing the Red in Cincinnati. Wynn stepped up to the plate and hit a moon shot of a home run out of Crosley Field, which ended up hitting the freeway next to the stadium.

Right Field: George Springer (2014-2020)

Honorable Mention: Hunter Pence

An All-Time Astros All-Star team would be complete if George Springer did not make the team. Drafted in the first round in 2011 as the number 11 pick, Springer got the call to the big leagues in 2014 and never looked back. When Springer broke into the big leagues, he did so as a right fielder.

After playing the majority of his big league games in right field, Springer moved to center field before the start of the 2017 season but still managed to play right field from time to time. During his career, Springer was a staple at the top of the lineup. His offensive numbers rank one of the highest in Astros history with a .270 batting average, 174 home runs, and 458 RBIs. His postseason production has been fantastic, which is why he was chosen as the 2017 World Series MVP.

Starting Pitching: Roy Oswalt (2001-2010)

Honorable Mention: Larry Dierker, Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens, Darryl Kyle, Mike Scott, and Shane Reynolds

Out of all the great current and former Astros starting pitchers, and there have been a lot, Roy Oswalt would get the ball on opening day. Oswalt’s 143 wins as an Astro ranks him number one on the list of Astros greats.

Drafted in the 23rd round of the 1996 draft, Oswalt was a force to be reckoned with. A three-time All-Star, Oswalt compiled a record 163-102, 3.36 ERA, and 1852 strikeouts in 13 seasons in the big leagues, 10 of those seasons with the Astros. Astros fans might remember one of Oswalt’s best performances as an Astros, which came during Game 6 of the 2005 NLCS in which Oswalt went seven innings, giving up only one run to the St. Louis Cardinals, striking out six batters to lead the Astros to the NL Pennant for the first time in Astros franchise history.

Relief Pitcher: Billy Wagner (1995-2003)

Honorable Mention: Brad Lidge

Billy Wagner was not always a flame thrower. Before getting drafted in the first round in the 1993 draft, Wagner was passed up by many colleges due to his lack of speed on his fastball. Ferrum College took a chance on Wagner, and it paid off.

By the time Wagner was a sophomore, Wagner had increased the velocity on his fastball to which MLB scouts had begun to notice, and the Astros made sure to draft him with the number one pick. Wagner has been talked about in recent weeks as a Hall of Fame nominee. Wagner posted a 2.31 ERA, 422 saves throughout his career, and 1196 strikeouts as a reliever. With these numbers, it is almost certain that Wagner will be enshrined in Cooperstown.

Designated Hitter: Yordan Alverez (2019-present)

Although the Astros were in the National League since the team was founded in 1962, an All-Time Astros All-Star team cannot be complete without mentioning the DH since the Astros have been apart of the American League since 2013. Yordan Alverez sits atop of this list at the DH. The 2019 AL Rookie of the Year has been one of the most dynamic hitters ever to grace the Astros uniform. Although he is still young, Alverez makes the team along with these Astros greats.

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Jeff "Rip" Griffin is a current MLB writer covering the Houston Astros. Rip is also the host of The Rip Griffin Show on Apple Podcasts. Rip holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, focusing in Sports Management from the University of Houston - Victoria.