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1978 Houston Astros (MLB)

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W-L Record: 74-88 .457
Rank: 5th in National League West
Run Differential: 605-634 -29
Roster Continuity 83.53% 5/26
Manager(s): Bill Virdon
General Manager: Tal Smith
Location: Houston, Texas
Ballpark: Astrodome
Attendance: 1,126,145 18/26
Playoffs: Did not qualify
Top Draft Pick: Rod Boxberger (#11) All picks
Years Active:
Franchise Information

Coaching Staff

Assistant Coach: Tony Pacheco
Bench Coach: Bob Lillis
Hitting Coach: Deacon Jones
Pitching Coach: Mel Wright

#1 Draft Picks

Floyd Bannister (#1), J.R. Richard (#2), Bo McLaughlin (#14), Roger Metzger (#16), Frank Riccelli (#18)
National League West Standings
  • A roster of all players who participated in at least one game for this team for this season.
  • The roster is sortable but defaults to an alphabetical listing.
  • Uniform numbers may not be complete for non-MLB teams. It is difficult to come by this information historically. See Data coverage
  • For MLB and Minor league teams, this roster was never an actual roster at any given point during the season.
  • Colleges may be missing players who were either red-shirted or who did not get into game action
  • Full Team Roster for 1978 Houston Astros season
    UnifPlayerPosHtWtB-TAgeBornPlaceDraft InfoHigh LevelCurrent TeamStatus
    22Jesus AlouOF6-2195R-R361963Not draftedMLB--
    47Joaquin AndujarP6-0180B-R251976Not draftedMLB--
    6Reggie BaldwinC6-1195R-R231978HOU: 1976-3-49MLB--
    38Floyd BannisterP6-1203L-L231977HOU: 1976-1-1MLB--
    16Dave Bergman1B6-2190L-L251975NYA: 1974-2-36MLB--
    13Bruce BochyC6-4225R-R231978CHA: 1975-8-132MLB--
    23Enos Cabell3B-1B6-5185R-R281972Not draftedMLB--
    20J.J. CannonOF6-3193L-R241977HOU: 1974-1-16MLB--
    28Cesar CedenoOF6-2190R-R271970Not draftedMLB--
    25Jose CruzOF6-0175L-L301970Not draftedMLB--
    37Tom DixonP5-11175R-R231977LAN: 1973-18-426MLB--
    15Keith Drumright2B5-10170L-R231978CHN: 1976-4-79MLB--
    13Joe FergusonC-OF6-2200R-R311970LAN: 1968-8-161MLB--
    10Mike FischlinSS-2B6-1165R-R221977NYA: 1975-7-163MLB--
    43Ken ForschP6-4210R-R311970HOU: 1968-18-399MLB--
    9Julio Gonzalez2B-SS5-11165R-R251977Not draftedMLB--
    8Ed HerrmannC6-1210L-R311967Not draftedMLB--
    26Wilbur HowardOF6-2175B-R291973SE1: 1968-19-441MLB--
    18Art Howe3B-2B6-2190R-R311974Not draftedMLB--
    17Rafael Landestoy2B-SS5-10165B-R251977Not draftedMLB--
    42Mark LemongelloP6-1180R-R221976Not draftedMLB--
    46Jeff LeonardOF6-2200R-R221977Not draftedMLB--
    39Bo McLaughlinP6-5210R-R241976HOU: 1975-1-14MLB--
    14Roger MetzgerSS6-0165B-R301970CHN: 1969-1-16MLB--
    36Joe NiekroP6-1190R-R331967CLE: 1966-7-84MLB--
    19Jim Obradovich1B6-2200L-L281978MIN: 1967-24-472MLB--
    30Gene PentzP6-1200R-R251975DET: 1971-7-159MLB--
    21Terry PuhlOF6-2200L-R211977Not draftedMLB--
    8Luis PujolsC6-1195R-R221977Not draftedMLB--
    45Frank RiccelliP6-3205L-L251976SFN: 1971-1-18MLB--
    50J.R. RichardP6-8222R-R281971HOU: 1969-1-2MLB--
    48Vern RuhleP6-1187R-R271974DET: 1972-17-404MLB--
    35Joe SambitoP6-1190L-L261976HOU: 1973-17-404MLB--
    24Jimmy SextonSS5-10175R-R261977Not draftedMLB--
    29Denny Walling3B-OF6-1185L-R241975OAK: 1975-1-1MLB--
    31Dan WarthenP6-0200B-L251975MON: 1971-2-28MLB--
    27Bob Watson1B-OF6-2205R-R321966CHN: 1970-15-362MLB--
    34Rick WilliamsP6-1180R-R251978NYN: 1970-27-648MLB--
    44Oscar ZamoraP5-10178R-R331974Not draftedMLB--

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