The Houston Astros represented the National League in the 2005 World Series and were swept by the Chicago White Sox. In 2017, the Astros will represent the American League against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 2005 team were led by future Hall of Famer Craig Biggio and it was the last season for Jeff Bagwell, also a Hall of Fame inductee and both of whom were lifelong Astros. With the exception of big name free agent pitchers Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte, the team was pretty much all home-grown.
According to Baseball Reference, Biggio is the all-time Astros career leader in 18 offensive categories including Games Played, At Bats, Plate Appearances, Runs, Hits, Doubles, Total Bases, and Extra Base Hits. Bagwell is the all-time Astros leader in Home Runs, RBI, Walks, Intentional Walks, Sacrifice Flies, and 8 other categories.
The 2017 Astros are also home-grown, a fine testament to the organization’s farm system, and a most exciting team to watch. Three of the current stars: Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and George Springer, are all under 28 years of age and their names already appear in the Top 10 Astros Career Statistics list for numerous categories. Altuve leads the current group with 15 Top 10 Career Stats lists including Hits (9th), Total Bases (9th), Doubles (6th), Stolen Bases (4th), and Extra Base Hits (9th).
Correa appears in 7 Top 10 Astros Career lists and currently stands at 8th on Astros career On-Base Percentage (.366), 5th in Slugging Percentage (.498), 4th in OPS (.863), and 9th in At Bats per Home Run (21.0). Springer appears in 4 Top 10 lists and currently stands 9th in Slugging (.478), 7th in OPS (.837), and 6th in At Bats per Home Run (18.9)! Here’s hoping that these three players spend their careers in a Houston uniform and set new standards in these and many more statistical categories as well as joining Biggio and Bagwell in the Hall of Fame.