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In 2001 cost manager Larry Dierker his job. Jimy Williams was hired as the next manager. In 2002, Houston’s home stadium was renamed Minute Maid Park. The Astros failed to make the playoffs in 2002 and 2003. The club had high expectations heading into 2004, though. Before that season, 38 HOUSTON ASTROS Center fielder Carlos Beltran tips his cap as his teammates celebrate in the background. Houston had just beaten Atlanta in the 2004 NLDS for its first playoff series win in team history. Astros player Phil Garner as Once again, Houston would manager.

New York Yankees. They hoped the updated look Towards the end of 2010, would bring them some wins. the Astros were put up for sale. But, the new AL team finished A businessman named Jim with a 51–111 record, their Crane purchased the team. worst It was announced that 2012 their losses, the Astros would would be the last season for the continue to shoot for the stars Astros in the NL. They moved and seek the team’s first World to the AL for the 2013 season. Series title. season ever. 45s (1962–64) Houston Astros (1965– ) Lance Berkman (OF/1B; 1999–2010) Craig Biggio (C/2B/OF; 1988–2007) Cesar Cedeno (OF; 1970–81) Roger Clemens (SP; 2004–06) Jose Cruz (OF; 1975–87) Larry Dierker (SP; 1964–76) Joe Morgan (2B; 1963–71, 1980) Joe Niekro (SP; 1975–85) Roy Oswalt (SP; 2001–10) J.

Houston again lost three were still important members games to two in a playoff series. of the team. But the offense was Houston failed to make the now led by first baseman Glenn postseason from 1982 to 1985. Davis, right fielder Kevin Bass, second baseman Bill Doran, and A Fallen Giant J. R. Richard towered over opposing hitters, standing 6-foot-8. He was the first right-hander to strike out more than 300 hitters in the NL, accomaccomplishi the feat in 1978 and again plishing ain in 1979. Sadly, Richard's career was cut short when he experienced a stroke on July 30, 1980.

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