Fans Had Role In Selecting Top Players In Franchise History;
Legends Luncheon Will Feature Several All-Time Roster Members
HOUSTON, TX — As part of the ballclub’s season-long celebration of its 50th anniversary, an All-Time Astros 25-Man Roster has been selected by a combination of online fan voting and the voting of a panel of 12 experienced baseball writers and broadcasters.
The roster, which consists of 12 pitchers, 13 position players and a manager, includes starters at each position, a five-man starting pitching rotation, a seven-man bullpen with a designated closer and five utility players. All five utility players were everyday players in their Astros careers while five of the seven members selected for the bullpen were starting pitchers while with Houston.
All-Time Astros 25-Man Roster
Starting Position Players Starting Rotation Utility Players Bullpen
C: Alan Ashby RHP Larry Dierker OF Jimmy Wynn RHP J.R. Richard
1B: Jeff Bagwell RHP Joe Niekro 1B Bob Watson RHP Shane Reynolds
2B: Craig Biggio RHP Nolan Ryan 2B Joe Morgan LHP Mike Hampton
SS: Craig Reynolds RHP Roy Oswalt 2B Bill Doran RHP Roger Clemens
3B: Doug Rader RHP Mike Scott 3B Ken Caminiti RHP Dave Smith
OF: Lance Berkman RHP Don Wilson
OF: Cesar Cedeno Closer
OF: Jose Cruz LHP Billy Wagner Manager Larry Dierker
PANEL OF JUDGES
The panel of 12 judges that helped select the All-Time Roster have
over 200 seasons combined of covering Astros baseball.
-Zachary Levine – Houston Chronicle beat writer -Brian McTaggart – MLB.com Astros beat writer
-Richard Justice – MLB.com columnist -Charlie Pallilo – Sports Talk 790 AM
-Milo Hamilton – HOF Astros radio broadcaster -Rene Cardenas – Writer, former Spanish broadcaster
-Gene Elston – HOF former Astros radio broadcaster -Matt Thomas – Sports Talk 790 AM
-Mickey Herskowitz – former Houston Chronicle writer – Bill Brown – Astros TV broadcaster
-Ivy McLemore – Former Houston Post Sports Editor -Mark Berman – Fox 26 Sports Director/sportscaster
As part of the online voting process, fans had the opportunity to vote on a different portion of the All-Time Roster each month from April to July.
April – Position Players (all starting positions, excluding pitcher)
May – Utility Players (the five best position players not selected to starting lineup)
June - Starting Pitchers, Closer
July – Manager, Bullpen (the top six pitchers not named to the starting rotation or as closer).
BIGGIO, RYAN TO ATTEND LEGENDS WEEKEND LUNCHEON
Craig Biggio and Nolan Ryan will be among the close to 40 Astros alumni scheduled to attend the Astros Legends Luncheon, which will be held on Saturday, September 22 at 11:00 a.m. in the Union Station Lobby at Minute Maid Park. The luncheon is a main feature of Legends Weekend, which will be held September 21-23.
In addition to Biggio and Ryan, currently, several other members of the Astros All-Time 25-Man Roster are scheduled to attend the luncheon. They are: Billy Wagner, J.R. Richard, Craig Reynolds, Jose Cruz, Larry Dierker, Alan Ashby, Shane Reynolds and Mike Hampton. Dickie Thon, Phil Garner, Terry Puhl and Enos Cabell are also among the Astros alumni scheduled to take part in the luncheon.
Ticket Information: Fans have the opportunity to attend the luncheon, and can purchase tickets online at Astros.com.