Who Are Top 4 Players of the Astros Franchise?

There's a new MLB contest going around, one in which fans of teams are being asked to select the top four players in the history of each Major League franchise. The voting ends on May 5, and the four winners from each team will be honored at the All Star Game in Cincinnati.

The Astros are, of course, part of this contest. And MLB has selected eight former Astros for the voting public to choose from. The standard, expected names on the list, primarily those of Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman and Nolan Ryan. The other four nominees are Mike Scott, Jose Cruz, J.R. Richard and Jimmy Wynn. There's also a blank spot where voters can put down a write-in candidate.

While it's the list, for the most part, that should have been expected from MLB dealing with the Astros, it's also rather infuriating. Sure, it's nice to see J.R. Richard getting some kind of official recognition as being one of the greatest players in baseball history, but damn it, Mike Scott? Jose Cruz? Jimmy Wynn? And what the hell is Nolan Ryan doing on this list? If a player's in the Baseball Hall of Fame wearing the cap of the Texas Rangers, then there's no way that he should ever be considered one of the top four players of the Houston Astros.

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John Royal is a native Houstonian who graduated from the University of Houston and South Texas College of Law. In his day job he is a complex litigation attorney. In his night job he writes about Houston sports for the Houston Press.
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