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ASTROS TIMELINE
1962-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-Present
Timeline


Enron Field opens on March 30, 2000 before an exhibition game with the New York Yankees...a record 3,056,139 fans passed through the turnstiles during the Astros' inaugural season at this new ballpark.
2000  - History was made as the doors of sparkling-new Enron Field opened for the first time on March 30 before an exhibition game with the New York Yankees...a record 3,056,139 fans passed through the turnstiles during the Astros' inaugural season at their new ballpark...Houston finished the season at 72-90 to mark the club's first sub-.500 season since 1991...Jeff Bagwell set single-season franchise records with 47 homers and 152 runs scored...Bagwell ended the 2000 season having logged 310 career homers and became only the 87th major leaguer to reach the 300-homer plateau...the Astros set franchise records with 249 homers, 900 RBI and 938 runs scored...Tony Eusebio set a franchise record with a 24-game hitting streak that lasted nearly two months...Shane Reynolds was named to the All-Star team, marking his first career selection to the Mid-Summer Classic.
2001  - The 2001 season went right down to the wire as the Astros clinched their fourth division title in five years with a 9-2 win over the Cardinals on October 7 in St. Louis...Craig Biggio became the first player in franchise history to log 2,000 hits and enters the 2002 season with 2,149 hits during his 14-year career...after toiling around the .500 mark with a 33-33 record on June 17, went on to finish the year at a 59-36 (.621) clip to edge the Cardinals for the division title...Major League Baseball announced that the Astros were awarded the 2004 All-Star Game...Moises Alou, Billy Wagner and Lance Berkman represented the Astros at the 72nd Mid-Summer Classic...Jeff Bagwell became the sixth player in MLB history to have 30 homers, 100 RBI and 100 runs scored in six straight seasons...after being swept by Atlanta in the NLDS, manager Larry Dierker resigned and was replaced by former Red Sox skipper Jimy Williams...upon the conclusion of the season, utility infielder Bill Spiers announced his retirement...the Astros were named Organization of the Year by SportsTicker, Topps, Baseball America and Baseball Weekly...Brad Ausmus received a Gold Glove award for defensive excellence at his position.
2002  - By Houston standards, the 2002 season was a disappointment after the Astros finished with an 84-78 record, good for only second place in the NL Central division, behind the St. Louis Cardinals. Despite staying in the division race until the final two weeks of the season, the Astros wound up 13 games behind the Cardinals. However, that season was anything but forgettable. The Wade Miller-Roy Oswalt arsenal combined to go 34-13 on the year while stringing together 12 and nine-game winning streaks, respectively. ...Astros hurlers threw 10 shutouts in Houston to contribute to a 47-34 home record. ...on April 8, Craig Biggio hit for the cyle in Colorado, becoming the fifth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. ...in May, the Astros retired Larry Dierker's No. 49 in a pregame ceremony. ....Lance Berkman represented the Astros at the 2002 All-Star game. ...Houston 's downtown ballpark was renamed Minute Maid Park when the Astros announced an agreement with the local beverage giant for naming rights on June 5. ...Berkman finished third in MVP voting and led the NL in RBIs. ...Brad Ausmus won his second consecutive Gold Glove award.
2003  - The Astros were favorites to win the NL Central title to start the season behind young aces Wade Miller and Roy Oswalt and new acquisition Jeff Kent. But injuries intervened and Houston ended the season in second place, one game behind the Chicago Cubs. ...Craig Biggio made his second career position move and served as the club's primary center fielder. ...on June 11 at Yankee Stadium, six Astros pitchers combined to no-hit the Yankees for the 8-0 win: Roy Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wanger. ...it was the first time in Major League history that a team used five or more pitchers in a no-hitter. ...Biggio recorded his club-record 500th double on July 10 ....Wagner recorded a careeer-high and franchise record 44 saves and represented the team at the All-Star Game. ...Jeriome Robertson set the franchise record for a rookie with 15 wins, the most of all ML rookies. ...Richard Hidalgo was named team MVP and led the Majors with 22 outfield assists.
2004  - The 2004 campaign began and ended with great expectations, with plenty of trying times in between. A season that started with so much promise turned into a mediocre effort that resulted in a .500 record at the All-Star break, leading to the dismissal of manager Jimy Williams. Three weeks after Phil Garner took over the managerial duties, the Astros began an unprecedented 36-10 run that leapfrogged them over five teams en route to the National League Wild Card. The Astros won their first postseason series in franchise history when they topped the Atlanta Braves, three games to two, in the Division Series. Despite being decimated by injuries that left them with only two proven starters -- Roy Oswalt and Roger Clemens (who won his seventh Cy Young Award) -- the Astros received valiant efforts from a slew of players who helped lead the team to the seventh game of the National League Championship Series. The Astros' historic run ended with a 5-2 Game 7 loss to the Cardinals, one game shy of their first-ever World Series berth.
2005  - The Astros began the year with a list of problems that suggested this was going to be a long, and likely unsuccessful, season. Lance Berkman was out for a month following offseason knee surgery. Jeff Bagwell struggled through a painful first month before deciding it was time to go on the disabled list. Nearly one-third of the roster was hit with everything from the flu to pneumonia to upper respiratory infections that swept through the Astros' clubhouse. But the Astros recovered from their abysmal start to go 74-43 the rest of the year -- a .632 winning percentage over four months.

The Astros advanced to the World Series for the first time in franchise history after defeating the Cardinals four games to two in a rematch of the 2004 NLCS. The White Sox went on to sweep the Astros in four games to claim their first World Series since 1917. The Astros won the Wild Card for the second season in a row, finishing in second place in the NL Central division with a record of 89-73. The club started the season with a 2-21 record on the road, and overcame a 15-30 start on May 24 to become the first team since the 1914 Boston Braves to make the postseason after falling to 15 games below .500.

2006  - In a thrilling finish to the season, the Astros spent the final two weeks chasing first-place St. Louis by winning 10 of the last 12 games. The club finished 82-80, in second place, 1 1/2 games behind the eventual World Champions, giving Houston its sixth consecutive winning season. Trailing the Cardinals by 8 1/2 games on Sept. 20, the Astros picked up eight game in eight days and moved to within a half-game of first place with three to play. But Houston would lose two out of three in Atlanta and miss the playoffs for the first time since 2003. The end of the season was similar to the club's hot start n April. The Astros won 19 of the first 28 games, which represents the best start in franchise history.

Lance Berkman made his fourth All-Star appearance and set the single-season franchise record with 136 RBIs. Roger Clemens returned for a third season on June 22 and finished 7-6 with a 2.30 ERA. Willy Taveras logged a 30-game hitting streak from July 27-Aug. 27, eclipsing Jeff Kent's franchise-best 25-game hitting streak in 2004. Roy Oswalt won the ERA crown with a 2.98 mark, while winning 15 games. He was the runner-up in the NL Cy Young Award voting. Adam Everett recorded the fourth-best fielding percentage by a shortstop in Major League history, holding down a .990 mark at the position.

2007  - The club finished 73-89, in fourth place in the NL Central, 12.0 games behind division-winning Chicago. The Astros ended the season winning their last two games, five of six, eight of 11 and 10 of 15. The Astros finished 42-39 at home, marking the seventh consecutive season for the club to finish with a winning record at Minute Maid Park.

On September 20, the Astros named Ed Wade the 11th general manager in franchise history. In Wade, the Astros hired a man with prior GM experience (1998-2005, Philadelphia). On September 28, Houston named five-time Major League All-Star Cecil Cooper manager of the team, removing the interim designation from his title. Cooper is the 16th manager in Astros franchise history.

Houston finished the season with two 30-homer sluggers for the first time since 2002 (Berkman, Lee). Lee, in his first year with the Astros, drove in a career-high 119 runs after signing a six-year contract with the club. Rookie outfielder Hunter Pence hit 17 home runs for Houston, the third highest rookie total in club history.

Craig Biggio became the 27th player in Major League history to join the 3000-hit club on June 28 against the Colorado Rockies. Biggio, the only player to ever earn All-Star status as a catcher and second baseman, retired with 3,060 hits, the 20th highest total in Major League history. Biggio also finished his career with 285 hit-by-pitches, the most of any player in modern baseball history.

2008  - The club finished 86-75, in third place in the NL Central, 11.0 games behind division-champion Chicago. Houston finished 3.5 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Wild Card race and was not eliminated from playoff contention until the season's 159th game. Houston's 42-24 second-half record led National League teams and was the second best in the Majors (Angels, 43-24). At 208-153, the Astros own baseball's fourth-best second-half record since 2004. The club won 12 of their last 20 games, as well as 20 of 29. Houston won a season-best 21 games in August and enjoyed season-high winning streaks of eight games, twice (8/7-14, 8/27-9/3).

Jose Valverde, acquired from Arizona on December 14, 2007, led the National League with 44 saves and tied Billy Wagner's franchise single-season saves record, previously set in 2003. Roy Oswalt went 17-10 and set the franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched (32.1). Oswalt won 10 of his last 12 starts and has compiled a career Post-All-Star Break winning percentage of .770 (67-20), second best in MLB history (min. 50 wins). Houston pitchers compiled 13 shutouts, leading National League staffs. LaTroy Hawkins compiled a 0.43 ERA (21.0IP) after being acquired from the Yankees on July 30.

Lance Berkman enjoyed a 50-at-bat span in which he batted .620 (31x50). Berkman led the league with a .345 average with runners in scoring position and tied for the league lead with 46 doubles.

The Astros committed 67 errors, the fewest errors for any team in National League history (non-strike season). Shortstop Miguel Tejada, acquired from Baltimore on December 12, 2007, anchored the infield defense and committed a career-low 11 errors.

2009  -

The Astros finished 74-88 and in fifth place in the National League Central for their lowest division finish since coming in sixth place in the NL West in 1991. Houston was 19-29 and in last place on May 30, but went on a 30-27 run to get within one game of first place after completing a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals on July 22. Cecil Cooper was dismissed as manager with 13 games remaining and replaced on an interim bases by third-base coach Dave Clark. The Astros named Boston Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills as their full-time manager on Oct. 27 and later overhauled their coaching staff. Houston went 44-37 at home, giving them nine consecutive winning seasons at Minute Maid Park, which celebrated its 10th season. They went 456-351 at home during those 10 seasons, which was the fifth-best home record in the NL over that span. In a fan poll conducted by the Astros, Craig Biggio’s 3,000th career hit on June 28, 2007, was voted as the greatest moment in Minute Maid Park history.

The Astros became the first team in Major League history to have three players hit their 300th home run in the same season – Ivan Rodriguez on May 17 at Wrigley Field, Lance Berkman on June 13 at Arizona and Carlos Lee on Aug. 8 at Minute Maid Park. Rodriguez also set a Major League record by catching his 2,227th career game on June 17 at Texas, and Tejada reached 2,000 hits on June 13. Center fielder Michael Bourn became the second Astros outfielder to win a Rawlings Gold Glove (Cesar Cedeno). He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player by the Houston Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of American after leading the NL with 61 stolen bases and hitting .285 with a .354 on-base percentage and hitting .353 with runners in scoring position.

2010  -

Under first-year manager Brad Mills, the Astros finished 76-86 and in fourth place in the National League Central, one game behind third-place Milwaukee. Mills lost his first eight games as manager and had another eight-game losing streak early in the season before the Astros rallied to go 59-52 over the final four months, which was the second-best record in the NL Central in that span. The Astros went 42-39 at home, marking their 18th home winning record in their last 19 seasons. Houston called up youngsters Jason Castro (catcher) and Chris Johnson (third base) from the Minor Leagues on June 22 and thrust them into the starting lineup. The dramatic roster changing continued when icons Roy Oswalt (to the Phillies) and Lance Berkman (to the Yankees) were both traded in a span of 48 hours at the Trade Deadline, signifying the end of an era and beginning the youth movement in earnest. Hitting coach Sean Berry was let go at the All-Star break and replaced with slugger Jeff Bagwell.

Center fielder Michael Bourn was selected to his first All-Star team and became the first Houston player to lead the league in steals two years in a row despite missing the final 13 games with an oblique strain. Hunter Pence overcame a slow start to post team Most Valuable Player honors by hitting .282 with 25 homers and a team-high 91 RBIs. It was his third consecutive year with 25 homers. Newcomer Brett Myers threw at least six innings in his first 32 starts, setting a club record en route to team Pitcher of the Year honors. Johnson hit .316 with 11 homers and 44 RBIs after the All-Star break. Brandon Lyon (20 saves) and Matt Lindstrom (23) became the fifth set of teammates in Major League history to record at least 20 saves in the same year. Wandy Rodriguez went 8-2 with an NL-best 2.03 ERA in his final 18 starts. Bagwell declined an offer to remain hitting coach following the season, and the Astros promoted Mike Barnett to the job after he had served as Minor League hitting coordinator for two years.

2011  -

The 2011 season was a season of transition for the Astros, who continued in their rebuilding process and wound up finishing in sixth place in the National League Central. The team, which dealt away All-Star outfielders Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn at the Trade Deadline in exchange for prospects, finished with a club-record 106 losses but saw a whopping 20 rookies get playing time at some point. In the second half of the season, many of those youngsters were playing key roles.

Veteran outfielder Carlos Lee led the team with 94 RBIs and starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez posted an 11-11 record, but it was the newcomers who made the most memorable impact. Outfielder J.D. Martinez, second baseman Jose Altuve, third baseman Jimmy Paredes and pitcher Jordan Lyles came up from the Minor Leagues and settled into starting roles and showed promise for the future. Martinez drove in 28 runs in August, and Altuve got hits in his first seven big league games.

Former first-round pick Brian Bogusevic finally showed some promise as an outfielder, including a walk-off grand slam to beat the Cubs, and Matt Downs established himself as a threat off the bench with a Major League-leading 15 pinch-hit RBIs. And the transitions on the field gave way to transitions off the field, too, when the team was sold to Houston businessman Jim Crane in November -- with the announcement the 2012 season would be the Astros' last in the NL -- and Jeff Luhnow took over as general manager in December.

1962-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-Present