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Houston Astros Tickets
Houston Astros Tickets
Baseball first came to Texas with the founding of the Houston Colt .45s in 1962. However, in 1965, the team would be renamed the Houston Astros, which has been their moniker ever since. The team struggled early to field a winner, but they began to find sustained success in the late 1990s. With players like Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio adding power to the top half of the lineup, the Astros won four Central Division titles between 1997 and 2001. In addition, the Astros managed to reach one World Series in 2005, but they were swept by the Chicago White Sox.
Minute Maid Park, Home to the Houston Astros
Minute Maid Park, also known as ""The Juice Box,"" has been home to the Houston Astros since 2000. Left field of Minute Maid Park has two of its most unique features. The 19-foot-tall Crawford Boxes are a group of popular outfield seats that together make up one of the shortest porches of all MLB parks, while a train that runs along the left side of Minute Maid Park carries huge oranges as a tribute to Minute Maid orange juice. An incline in Minute Maid Park's center field is named Tal's Hill and has a flagpole as part of the field of play.
Houston Astros and the National League Central
The National League Central consists of the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and St. Louis Cardinals, all of which heavily compete against the Houston Astros for the division title. While the Astros have yet to win a World Series, the team has won the National League Central four times since 1997. In fact, the Astros won the National League pennant in 2005. However, Houston still lags behind division rival St. Louis Cardinals with its eight Central titles since 1996.
Houston Astros 2012 Team Outlook
After an ignominious 56-win season, the hapless Houston Astros have finally decided to clean house and start from scratch. This process began in earnest last year when Ed Wade, the former general manager, traded away two of their better players, Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn, for younger prospects. Wade has now been replaced by Jeff Luhnow, who is continuing the process of shedding as much payroll as possible. However, the Astros will find it difficult to trade away any of their veterans because of their bloated contracts. The Astros did trade away pitcher Mark Melancon to the Red Sox for Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland, but that has been about the extent of their offseason. The Astros are looking towards the distant future-they have no intention of competing this year.