So I was fooling around on the interwebs yesterday, and between the launch of the MLB Network, the naming today of the new class for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the coming of spring training, I was in a bit of a baseball mood. And I came across this blog detailing the All-Time Rosters for various baseball teams, including the Houston Astros. Now this guy gives two rosters, the All-Time Home Grown team and the All-Time Acquired team.
I'll let you go look at his rosters, but I thought I would give my own All-Time Houston Astros rosters. Now remember, the Home Grown roster consists of guys who were drafted by the Astros or acquired as free agents without having ever been a part of any other organization, and they had to have played minor league ball in the Astros organization. The Acquired roster are those guys who started their career with some other organization.
I've got 25 guys on each roster - 14 position players and 11 pitchers. And thinking about it, I have come to the conclusion that the Astros have done an awful job of developing shortstops and catchers.
HOME GROWN ROSTER:
First Base: Bob Watson.
Second Base: Joe Morgan.
Third Base: Ken Caminiti.
Shortstop: Adam Everett - see, I told you they've done a bad job with the shortstops.
Left Field: Lance Berkman.
Centerfield: Cesar Cedeno.
Right Field: Terry Puhl.
Catcher: Craig Biggio - see, I told you they did an awful job with catcher because Biggio spent most of his career at second base.
Number One Starter: J.R. Richard.
Number Two Starter: Roy Oswalt.
Number Three Starter: Larry Dierker.
Number Four Starter: Daryl Kile.
Number Five Starter: Don Wilson.
Spot Starter/Long Relief: Ken Forsch.
Spot Starter/Long Relief: Shane Reynolds.
Reliever: Joe Sambito.
Reliever: Dave Smith.
Reliever: Brad Lidge.
Closer: Billy Wagner.
Infield/Pinch Hit: Glenn Davis.
Outfield/Pinch Hit: Luis Gonzalez.
Utility Infield: Doug Rader.
Utility Infield: Billy Doran.
Pinch Hitter: Rusty Staub.
Catcher: John Bateman.
First Base: Jeff Bagwell.
Second Base: Jeff Kent.
Third Base: Art Howe.
Shortstop: Dickie Thon.
Left Field: Jimmy Wynn.
Centerfield: Steve Finley.
Right Field: Kevin Bass.
Catcher: Brad Ausmus.
Number One Starter: Nolan Ryan.
Number Two Starter: Joe Niekro.
Number Three Starter: Roger Clemens.
Number Four Starter: Mike Scott.
Number Five Starter: Mike Hampton.
Spot Starter/Long Relief: Bob Knepper.
Spot Starter/Long Relief: Vern Ruhle.
Spot Starter/Long Relief: Danny Darwin.
Reliever: Larry Andersen.
Reliever: Doug Jones.
Closer: Fred Gladding.
Infield/Pinch Hit: Phil Garner.
Outfield/Pinch Hit: Moises Alou.
Utility Outfield: Jose Cruz.
Utility Infield: Craig Reynolds.
Pinch Hitter: Denny Walling.
Catcher: Alan Ashby.
There you go. As you can see, my rosters differ a bit from the guy who started this, but then again, I've been watching the Astros all of my life. And I'm sure lots of you out there have spent way too much time watching them as well. So if I really screwed it up, let me know.
And remember, it's only a month until pitchers and catchers report.
-- John Royal