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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.

 

Jose Offerman meet Mickey Mantle

Just a fun little fact about former Dodgers prospect Jose Offerman and one Mickey Mantle.

Batters with the most seasons of 10 triples & 80 walks (since World War II):

Rk

Yrs

From

To

1

Joe Morgan

3

1965

1971

2

Stan Musial

3

1947

1951

3

Bobby Abreu

2

1999

2000

4

Jose Offerman

2

1998

1999

5

Chuck Knoblauch

2

1996

1997

6

Brett Butler

2

1992

1993

7

Brady Anderson

2

1992

1995

8

Wally Moon

2

1956

1959

9

Mickey Mantle

2

1954

1955

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