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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
  • 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 1979 Houston Astros season
    UnifPlayerPosHtWtB-TAgeBornPlaceDraft InfoHigh LevelCurrent TeamStatus
    22Jesus AlouOF6-2195R-R371963Not draftedMLB--
    47Joaquin AndujarP6-0180B-R261976Not draftedMLB--
    14Alan AshbyC6-2190B-R271973CLE: 1969-3-63MLB--
    6Reggie BaldwinC6-1195R-R241978HOU: 1976-3-49MLB--
    16Dave Bergman1B6-2190L-L261975NYA: 1974-2-36MLB--
    13Bruce BochyC6-4225R-R241978CHA: 1975-8-132MLB--
    23Enos Cabell3B-1B6-5185R-R291972Not draftedMLB--
    28Cesar CedenoOF6-2190R-R281970Not draftedMLB--
    25Jose CruzOF6-0175L-L311970Not draftedMLB--
    37Tom DixonP5-11175R-R241977LAN: 1973-18-426MLB--
    43Ken ForschP6-4210R-R321970HOU: 1968-18-399MLB--
    9Julio Gonzalez2B-SS5-11165R-R261977Not draftedMLB--
    20Danny HeepOF-1B5-11177L-L211979HOU: 1978-2-37MLB--
    18Art Howe3B-2B6-2190R-R321974Not draftedMLB--
    11Alan KnicelyC-OF6-0194R-R241979HOU: 1974-3-63MLB--
    31Frank LaCorteP6-1180R-R271975Not draftedMLB--
    39Pete LaddP6-3240R-R221979BOS: 1977-25-620MLB--
    17Rafael Landestoy2B-SS5-10165B-R261977Not draftedMLB--
    30Jeff LeonardOF6-2200R-R231977Not draftedMLB--
    39Bo McLaughlinP6-5210R-R251976HOU: 1975-1-14MLB--
    54Mike MendozaP6-5215R-R231979HOU: 1973-5-116MLB--
    36Joe NiekroP6-1190R-R341967CLE: 1966-7-84MLB--
    46Randy NiemannP6-4200L-L231979MIN: 1975-3-60MLB--
    34Gordie PladsonP6-4210R-R221979Not draftedMLB--
    21Terry PuhlOF6-2200L-R221977Not draftedMLB--
    8Luis PujolsC6-1195R-R231977Not draftedMLB--
    12Craig ReynoldsSS6-1175L-R261975PIT: 1971-1-22MLB--
    45Frank RiccelliP6-3205L-L261976SFN: 1971-1-18MLB--
    50J.R. RichardP6-8222R-R291971HOU: 1969-1-2MLB--
    42Bert RobergeP6-4190R-R241979HOU: 1976-17-385MLB--
    48Vern RuhleP6-1187R-R281974DET: 1972-17-404MLB--
    35Joe SambitoP6-1190L-L271976HOU: 1973-17-404MLB--
    24Jimmy SextonSS5-10175R-R271977Not draftedMLB--
    41Bobby SprowlP6-2190L-L231978BOS: 1977-2-39MLB--
    33George ThroopP6-7205R-R281975KCA: 1972-16-378MLB--
    29Denny Walling3B-OF6-1185L-R251975OAK: 1975-1-1MLB--
    27Bob Watson1B-OF6-2205R-R331966CHN: 1970-15-362MLB--
    19Tom WiedenbauerOF6-1180R-R201979HOU: 1976-7-145MLB--
    38Rick WilliamsP6-1180R-R261978NYN: 1970-27-648MLB--
    41Gary WilsonP6-2185R-R241979HOU: 1976-1-2MLB--

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