About Houston Astros
The franchise came to existence in 1962 as Houston Colt .45s but once they moved to Astrodome the teams name changed to Houston Astros and remained like this since. The franchise played for 51 seasons in the National League in the West Division until 1993 and Central till 2012, after which they had been realigned to American League’s West Division from 2013.
To date the Astros managed to win one NL Pennant in 2005 that granted them appearance in the World Series where they were swept by Chicago White Sox.
Altogether the team had won seven division titles, all while in NL and earned 3 wild card berths, one since being realigned to AL in 2015 but is yet to come back to the biggest series of games in baseball. Overall the Astros has struggled to generate continuous success and building its identity.
The team’s colours are navy blue, orange and white and the team’s official mascot is Orbit, a lime-green outer-space creature who had been replaced by Junction Jack in 2000 just to return to entertain Astros fans from 2012 again.
Since the Astros had issues with developing a permanent identity in the league its no surprise there isn’t many great names to showcase (to certain point, that’s the reason for the franchise’s struggles).
Their most known player must be the MVP of 1994 Jeff Bagwell who won this award as the league’s only third ever unanimous MVP.
Most recently the franchise produced their second Rookie of the Year in Carlos Correa, and the team’s first batting champion in 2014 when Jose Altuve win that award.
Another sign of some positive changes within the franchise is Dallas Kuechel who won the CY Young Award for the best pitcher in 2015, which was the team’s third player to achieve that feat.
The Astros managed one 100 win season, in 1998 they achieved 102-60 record. Unfortunately they have two 100 loss seasons, which occurred consecutively in 2012-’13 with the latter being their worst showing with 51-111 regular season record.
There is definitely a wish among the Houston people for one of their teams to bring in a world championship title and with last season’s wild card berth and 86-76 regular season record there’ll be plenty of expectations laying on the franchise to deliver even better season in the coming 2016 season.