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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
Roster Continuity 80.37% 12/26
Manager(s): Bill Virdon
General Manager: Tal Smith
Location: Houston, Texas
Ballpark: Astrodome
Attendance: 1,900,312 10/26
Playoffs: Did not qualify
Top Draft Pick: John Mizerock (#8) All picks
Years Active:
Franchise Information

Coaching Staff

Assistant Coach: Jesus Alou
Assistant Coach: Bob Cluck
Assistant Coach: Tony Pacheco
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
Batting Statistics
#PlayerPosAgeDiffGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOHBPIBBSHSFGDPAVGOBPSLGOPSISOsecABabipK/BBAB/HRTBPA
23Enos Cabell3B29   60360164
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6737182168372118.272.299.368667.096.163.2983.24100.5222630
21Terry PuhlOF22   60087172
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493022584648827.287.352.377729.090.200.2990.7975.0226672
25Jose CruzOF31   55873161
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7236147266016155.289.367.421788.133.301.3110.9262.0235636
12Craig ReynoldsSS26   55563147
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0391262149203442.265.292.333625.068.117.2882.33--185616
28Cesar Cedeno1B28   47057123
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5430136452383915.262.348.374722.113.285.2780.8178.3176549
30Jeff LeonardOF23   41147119
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04723104668273511.290.360.350710.061.204.3421.48--144467
18Art Howe2B-3B32   3553288
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3331363715247.248.316.352668.104.211.2591.0359.2125398
14Alan AshbyC27   3362568
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35002670210338.202.262.277539.074.152.2472.69168.093370
17Rafael Landestoy2B26   2823376
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030134292415521.270.338.344682.074.209.2920.83--97319
9Julio Gonzalez2B-SS26   1811645
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0102151430604.249.280.298578.050.083.2692.80--54195
27Bob Watson1B33   1631539
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1800162301123.239.304.319623.080.178.2591.4454.352182
29Denny WallingOF25   1472148
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3132172102012.327.394.497891.170.293.3631.2449.073165
13Bruce BochyC24   1291128
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600132514005.217.294.271565.054.155.2621.92129.035143
50J.R. RichardP29   95612
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601124001114.126.134.221355.095.095.14324.0047.521108
36Joe NiekroP34   83110
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00400221001310.120.140.145285.024.048.15910.50--1299
8Luis PujolsC23   75717
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080021400103.227.247.280527.053.080.2797.00--2178
43Ken ForschP32   5848
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0030042200601.138.194.155349.017.086.2225.50--968
47Joaquin AndujarP26   5735
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70023200510.088.117.211328.123.158.12516.0028.51265
22Jesus AlouOF37   43311
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0010006701004.256.347.349696.093.233.3061.17--1549
24Jimmy SextonSS27   4389
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0001137700000.209.320.209529.000.116.2501.00--950
38Rick WilliamsP26   3128
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0000031800200.258.324.290614.032.129.6156.00--936
6Reggie BaldwinC24   2004
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001000100002.200.200.250450.050.050.211----520
48Vern RuhleP28   1931
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0000011100200.053.100.105205.053.105.12511.00--222
16Dave Bergman1B26   1546
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2000300000.400.400.6001000.200.200.455--15.0915
46Randy NiemannP23   1502
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0000001600101.133.188.133321.000.067.2226.00--217
20Danny HeepOF21   1402
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0002001401020.143.176.143319.000.071.1674.00--217
35Joe SambitoP27   712
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002005000000.286.583.4291012.143.857.2860.00--312
11Alan KnicelyC24   6000000002300002.000.250.000250.000.333.0001.50--08
45Frank RiccelliP26   612
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003000100000.333.333.500833.167.167.400----36
19Tom WiedenbauerOF20   604
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002000200000.667.667.8331500.167.1671.000----56
31Frank LaCorteP27   3000000000200000.000.000.0000.000.000.000----03
33George ThroopP28   3000000000100000.000.000.0000.000.000.000----03
42Bert RobergeP24   2000000000200000.000.000.0000.000.000-----02
37Tom DixonP24   101
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00000000000001.0001.0001.0002000.000.0001.000----11
39Pete LaddP22   1000000000000000.000.000.0000.000.000.000----01
39Bo McLaughlinP25   1000000000100000.000.000.0000.000.000-----01
Batting Totals204853945831382224524954219095461745227510943105.256.312.344656.088.191.2871.62110.118576007
Pitching Statistics
#PlayerAgeDiffWLERAGGSCGSHOGFSVIPHRERHRBBSOWPBKHBWHIPH9HR9BB9SO9K/BB
50J.R. Richard29   18132.71383819400292.12209888139831319131.096.780.403.029.653.19
36Joe Niekro34   21113.00383811500263.2221102881710711919071.247.530.583.654.061.11
47Joaquin Andujar26   12123.4346238094194.01688674788775021.327.790.324.083.570.88
43Ken Forsch32   1163.03262410210177.215567601435580101.077.840.711.772.931.66
38Rick Williams26   473.2731162230121.11224544630370121.269.070.452.232.751.23
35Joe Sambito27   871.7863000512291.1802018823830041.137.910.792.278.213.61
46Randy Niemann23   323.76267324167.0683228122240211.349.130.132.963.221.09
48Vern Ruhle28   264.091310220066.164333098332021.098.731.231.094.504.13
42Bert Roberge24   301.692600012432.02066017132001.165.630.004.783.660.76
31Frank LaCorte27   125.00123003027.0211615310241001.157.001.003.338.002.40
37Tom Dixon24   126.58191006025.239231921590002.0813.500.695.193.120.60
33George Throop28   103.27140002022.123108411151011.559.411.644.506.141.36
45Frank Riccelli26   224.09112003022.0221110018202001.829.000.007.368.181.11
39Bo McLaughlin25   125.63120003016.122151024121001.6312.381.132.256.753.00
39Pete Ladd22   113.00100004012.18541862021.336.000.756.004.500.75
41Gary Wilson24   0012.866000307.11511102661003.0019.292.577.717.711.00
41Bobby Sprowl23   000.003000004.01000230000.752.250.004.506.751.50
34Gordie Pladson22   004.504000204.09221220002.7520.252.254.504.501.00
54Mike Mendoza23   000.001000101.00000000000.000.000.000.000.00--
Batting 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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