Houston’s Tradition at Second Base
As you may be aware Jose Altuve is leading the AL in hits, batting average and stolen bases this season. You may also understand that the Houston Astros have had some incredible second sacker’s over their half century existence. Art Howe, Bill Doran, Phil Garner and Jeff Kent all posted really good seasons for the Astros.
But the franchises first great middle-infielder was future hall-of-famer Joe Morgan. Before being traded to the Reds prior to the 1972 season Morgan was named to two All-Star teams. According to FanGraphs “Offense” his two best run producing years in Houston were ’65 & ’67. These were two of the eight best years ever posted by an Astros 2B.
As you can probably guess Craig Biggio dominates the list with six of the top nine years. That leaves one great season by a Houston second baseman. If he doesn’t slump in September Altuve will finish with a better run producing year than Morgan ever had during his first nine years in the big leagues.