This is the first installment of a weekly program that focuses on a member of the Houston Astros that people may have forgotten, this program will include players, coaches, and even some front office members.
So what better way to start this list than the “El Caballo” himself, Carlos Lee.
1. The El Caballo
Carlos Lee was drafted in 1997 by the Chicago White Sox, and slowly started making a name for himself as a right-handed power threat, Lee was one of the most sought after free agents in 2006, but it was ultimately the Astros that landed the star on a six-year $100 million contract.
Carlos Lee played a total of 14 years in the big leagues, six of which were with the Astros. Lee slashed a .286 batting average with 133 home runs during his tenure in Houston.
Lee joined the Astros in 2007, two years after the club reached its first World Series (lost series 4-0 to CWS), and provided some “pop” to the Astros lineup.
Lee and Lance Berkman became a power-hitting duo, combining for 66 home runs and 221 RBIs in 2007.
Why Is Lee Forgotten?
Perhaps Carlos Lee is forgotten in Astros history because of the time period he played in. During the years in which Lee was an Astro, Houston wasn’t good. Injuries in the years after their World Series run in 2005 moved the Astros from NL Contenders to one of the worst in the NL.
Lee played through the rebuilding years for the Astros, in a time in which the Astros were desperate to get any fans into the stadium. Lee’s play would slowly decline towards the end of his contract, especially in 2011 when the Astros won just 60 games.
Lee would eventually get traded to the Marlins by then-new general manager Jeff Luhnow.
Growing up I loved Carlos Lee, he was a great power bat and great one-two combo with Hunter Pence. It was a shame to let him go, but it was all for the better.
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