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1979 Houston Astros (MLB)

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W-L Record: 89-73 .549
Rank: 2nd in National League West
Run Differential: 583-582 + 1
Manager(s): Bill Virdon
General Manager: Tal Smith
Location: Houston, Texas
Ballpark: Astrodome
Attendance: 1,900,312 10/26
Playoffs:
Top Draft Pick: John Mizerock (#8) All picks
Years Active:
Franchise Information

Coaching Staff

Assistant Coach: Tony Pacheco
Assistant Coach: Bob Cluck
Assistant Coach: Jesus Alou
Hitting Coach: Deacon Jones
Pitching Coach: Mel Wright
Third Base Coach: Bob Lillis

#1 Draft Picks

J.R. Richard (#2), Bo McLaughlin (#14), Frank Riccelli (#18), Craig Reynolds (#22)
National League West Standings
TeamWLWPctGBL
9071.559--
8973.5491.5
7983.48811.5
7191.43819.5
6893.42222.0
6694.41223.5
Full League Standings
Batting Statistics
#PlayerPosAgeGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOHBPIBBSHSFGDPAVGOBPSLGOPSISOsecABabipK/BBAB/HRTBPA
22Jesus AlouOF3743311
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0010006701004.256.347.349696.093.233.3061.17--1549
47Joaquin AndujarP265735
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02
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70023200510.088.117.211328.123.158.12516.0028.51265
14Alan AshbyC273362568
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2
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35002670210338.202.258.277535.074.152.2472.69168.093368
6Reggie BaldwinC242004
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001000100002.200.200.250450.050.050.211----520
16Dave Bergman1B261546
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001
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2000300000.400.400.6001000.200.200.455--15.0915
13Bruce BochyC241291128
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600132514005.217.289.271560.054.155.2621.92129.035142
23Enos Cabell3B2960360164
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6737182168372118.272.296.368664.096.163.2983.24100.5222627
28Cesar Cedeno1B2847057123
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5430136452383915.262.344.374718.113.285.2780.8178.3176546
25Jose CruzOF3155873161
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7236147266016155.289.367.421788.133.301.3110.9262.0235636
37Tom DixonP24101
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00000000000001.0001.0001.0002000.000.0001.000----11
43Ken ForschP325848
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0030042200601.138.194.155349.017.086.2225.50--968
9Julio Gonzalez2B-SS261811645
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0102151430604.249.269.298567.050.083.2692.80--54192
20Danny HeepOF211402
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0002001401020.143.176.143319.000.071.1674.00--217
18Art Howe2B-3B323553288
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3331363715247.248.314.352666.104.211.2591.0359.2125397
11Alan KnicelyC246000000002300002.000.250.000250.000.333.0001.50--08
31Frank LaCorteP273000000000200000.000.000.0000.000.000.000----03
39Pete LaddP221000000000000000.000.000.0000.000.000.000----01
17Rafael Landestoy2B262823376
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030134292415521.270.335.344679.074.209.2920.83--97318
30Jeff LeonardOF2341147119
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04723104668273511.290.357.350707.061.204.3421.48--144465
39Bo McLaughlinP251000000000100000.000.000.0000.000.000-----01
36Joe NiekroP3483110
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00400221001310.120.140.145285.024.048.15910.50--1299
46Randy NiemannP231502
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0000001600101.133.188.133321.000.067.2226.00--217
21Terry PuhlOF2260087172
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493022584648827.287.348.377725.090.200.2990.7975.0226668
8Luis PujolsC2375717
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080021400103.227.247.280527.053.080.2797.00--2178
12Craig ReynoldsSS2655563147
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0391262149203442.265.290.333623.068.117.2882.33--185614
45Frank RiccelliP26612
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003000100000.333.333.500833.167.167.400----36
50J.R. RichardP2995612
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601124001114.126.134.221355.095.095.14324.0047.521108
42Bert RobergeP242000000000200000.000.000.0000.000.000-----02
48Vern RuhleP281931
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0000011100200.053.100.105205.053.105.12511.00--222
35Joe SambitoP27712
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002005000000.286.583.4291012.143.857.2860.00--312
24Jimmy SextonSS274389
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0001137700000.209.320.209529.000.116.2501.00--950
33George ThroopP283000000000100000.000.000.0000.000.000.000----03
29Denny WallingOF251472148
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3132172102012.327.394.497891.170.293.3631.2449.073165
27Bob Watson1B331631539
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1800162301123.239.304.319623.080.178.2591.4454.352182
19Tom WiedenbauerOF20604
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002000200000.667.667.8331500.167.1671.000----56
38Rick WilliamsP263128
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0000031800200.258.324.290614.032.129.6156.00--936
Batting Totals204853945831382224524954219095461745227510943105.256.312.344656.088.191.2871.62110.118576007
Pitching Statistics
#PlayerAgeWLERAGGSCGSHOGFSVIPHRERHRBBSOWPBKHBWHIPH9HR9BB9SO9K/BB
47Joaquin Andujar2612123.43462380941941688674788775021.327.790.324.083.570.88
38Rick Williams26473.27311622301211224544630370121.269.070.452.232.751.23
33George Throop28103.2714000202223108411151011.559.411.644.506.141.36
41Bobby Sprowl23000.0030000041000230000.752.250.004.506.751.50
35Joe Sambito27871.7863000512291802018823830041.137.910.792.278.213.61
48Vern Ruhle28264.09131022006664333098332021.098.731.231.094.504.13
42Bert Roberge24301.6926000124322066017132001.165.630.004.783.660.76
50J.R. Richard2918132.713838194002922209888139831319131.096.780.403.029.653.19
45Frank Riccelli26224.09112003022221110018202001.829.000.007.368.181.11
34Gordie Pladson22004.5040002049221220002.7520.252.254.504.501.00
46Randy Niemann23323.76267324167683228122240211.349.130.132.963.221.09
36Joe Niekro3421113.00383811500263221102881710711919071.247.530.583.654.061.11
54Mike Mendoza23000.0010001010000000000.000.000.000.000.00--
39Bo McLaughlin25125.6312000301622151024121001.6312.381.132.256.753.00
39Pete Ladd22113.001000040128541862021.336.000.756.004.500.75
31Frank LaCorte27125.00123003027211615310241001.157.001.003.338.002.40
43Ken Forsch321163.0326241021017715567601435580101.077.840.711.772.931.66
37Tom Dixon24126.5819100602539231921590002.0813.500.695.193.120.60
41Gary Wilson240012.8660003071511102661003.0019.292.577.717.711.00
Pitching Totals89733.193991625517107311448127858251490504854555241.237.940.563.135.311.69
Fielding Statistics
PlayerPosGInnPOAEDPFpctRF
Alan AshbyC1055485785.9870.00
Bruce BochyC551982974.9700.00
Luis PujolsC26136610.9930.00
Reggie BaldwinC330001.0000.00
Alan KnicelyC320001.0000.00
PlayerPosGInnPOAEDPFpctRF
Cesar Cedeno1B91832331779.9810.00
Enos Cabell1B5128721120.9970.00
Bob Watson1B4437133323.9930.00
Dave Bergman1B480011.0000.00
Art Howe1B3153031.0000.00
Jesus Alou1B120011.0000.00
Reggie Baldwin1B171001.0000.00
PlayerPosGInnPOAEDPFpctRF
Rafael Landestoy2B1141662341253.9710.00
Art Howe2B68126188333.9910.00
Julio Gonzalez2B325989216.9870.00
Jimmy Sexton2B201001.0000.00
PlayerPosGInnPOAEDPFpctRF
Enos Cabell3B1321091781311.9570.00
Art Howe3B59477046.9670.00
Julio Gonzalez3B923001.0000.00
Jimmy Sexton3B410001.0000.00
Alan Knicely3B10000.0000.00
PlayerPosGInnPOAEDPFpctRF
Craig ReynoldsSS1432084282388.9650.00
Julio GonzalezSS213154311.9660.00
Jimmy SextonSS11102326.9430.00
Rafael LandestoySS323011.0000.00
PlayerPosGInnPOAEDPFpctRF
Jose CruzOF1563207140.9590.00
Terry PuhlOF1523527031.0000.00
Jeff LeonardOF1232276101.9590.00
Denny WallingOF4265210.9850.00
Cesar CedenoOF401162001.0000.00
Jesus AlouOF660001.0000.00
Tom WiedenbauerOF330001.0000.00
Danny HeepOF270001.0000.00
PlayerPosGInnPOAEDPFpctRF
Joe SambitoP639151422.9051.88
Joaquin AndujarP46194165052.9303.06
Joe NiekroP382631439041.0001.81
J.R. RichardP38292143250.9021.42
Rick WilliamsP3112132312.9631.93
Ken ForschP26177103715.9792.39
Randy NiemannP266717001.0001.07
Bert RobergeP263233001.0001.69
Tom DixonP192536011.0003.21
George ThroopP142212001.0001.22
Vern RuhleP136635001.0001.09
Frank LaCorteP122701001.0000.33
Bo McLaughlinP121612001.0001.68
Frank RiccelliP112206001.0002.45
Pete LaddP101232001.0003.72
Gary WilsonP670000.0000.00
Gordie PladsonP440000.0000.00
Bobby SprowlP340000.0000.00
Mike MendozaP110000.0000.00


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