1979 Topps #68 - Joe Niekro

We turn our attention to the Houston Colt .45′s, who came into being in 1962. Three years later they were rebranded as the Astros.

In their first 35 years, the Astros had limited success with just a couple of post-season appearances. Come 1997, though, they had 6 playoff appearances in 9 years, culminating with their lone World Series appearance in 2005. They’ve been pretty dismal since then, though.

Let’s take a look at their best players.

Rk Player WAR/pos From To
1 Jeff Bagwell 76.8 1991 2005
2 Craig Biggio 62.6 1988 2007
3 Jose Cruz 48.5 1975 1987
4 Cesar Cedeno 47.4 1970 1981
5 Lance Berkman 45.5 1999 2010
6 Jim Wynn 39.4 1963 1973
7 Joe Morgan 29.3 1963 1980
8 Bill Doran 28.6 1982 1990
9 Terry Puhl 26.3 1977 1990
10 Bob Watson 21.6 1966 1979
11 Glenn Davis 17.3 1984 1990
12 Doug Rader 16.8 1967 1975
13 Richard Hidalgo 16.3 1997 2004
14 Dickie Thon 15.3 1981 1987
15 Steve Finley 15.2 1991 1994
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Wow…some great players.

On the pitching side:

Rk Player WAR From To
1 Roy Oswalt 43.6 2001 2010
2 Larry Dierker 31.9 1964 1976
3 Don Wilson 25.8 1966 1974
4 Nolan Ryan 23.2 1980 1988
5 Mike Scott 22.9 1983 1991
6 Joe Niekro 20.6 1975 1985
7 J.R. Richard 19.9 1971 1980
8 Shane Reynolds 17.4 1992 2002
9 Ken Forsch 17.4 1970 1980
10 Roger Clemens 16.1 2004 2006
11 Billy Wagner 15.7 1995 2003
12 Turk Farrell 15.4 1962 1967
13 Wade Miller 13.5 1999 2004
14 Mike Hampton 12.8 1994 2009
15 Mike Cuellar 12.8 1965 1968
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Generated 5/25/2012.

Some more great players. Larry Dierker stands out. Aside from being the team’s second best pitcher, he was the manager when the team became a contender again, and also has worked as a broadcaster. I imagine he’s well-loved in Houston.

Then how do you skip over guys like Nolan Ryan and Mike Scott?

Let’s move right on to the poll…please pick 4 guys.

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