1996 Houston Astros season

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1996 Houston Astros
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 82–80 (.506)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) Drayton McLane, Jr.
General manager(s) Gerry Hunsicker
Manager(s) Terry Collins
Local television KTXH
Prime Sports Southwest
Local radio KILT (AM)
(Bill Brown, Milo Hamilton, Larry Dierker, Vince Controneo, Bill Worrell)
KXYZ
(Francisco Ernesto Ruiz, Danny Gonzalez)
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The Houston Astros' 1996 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League Central.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

On May 7 against Philadelphia, Jeff Bagwell reached the 500th run batted in (RBI) of his career with two home runs and four RBI.[2] By hitting his second upper-deck home run at Three Rivers Stadium on May 29 – it travelled 459 feet (140 m) – Bagwell joined longtime Pirate Willie Stargell as the only players to homer twice into the stadium's upper deck.[3] For the month of May, he batted .360 with .740 SLG, 10 HR, 31 RBI, scored 22 runs, and stole four bases. He was named NL Player of the Month, his fourth career monthly award.[4] On June 14, Bagwell tied a major league record with four doubles in one game against San Francisco.[5]

The Astros retired Nolan Ryan's number 34 on September 29, 1996.

Season standings[edit]

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 88 74 0.543 48–33 40–41
Houston Astros 82 80 0.506 6 48–33 34–47
Cincinnati Reds 81 81 0.500 7 46–35 35–46
Chicago Cubs 76 86 0.469 12 43–38 33–48
Pittsburgh Pirates 73 89 0.451 15 36–44 37–45


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1996 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 7–5 7–5 5–7 6–7 6–6 5–7 10–3 7–6 9–4 9–3 9–4 7–5 9–4
Chicago 5–7 5–8 5–7 6–6 5–8 8–5 6–6 7–5 7–6 4–9 6–6 7–5 5–8
Cincinnati 5–7 8–5 7–6 3–9 7–6 4–8 3–9 6–6 10–2 5–8 9–3 9–4 5–8
Colorado 7–5 7–5 6–7 5–8 8–5 6–7 3–9 7–5 6–6 7–5 8–5 5–8 8–4
Florida 7–6 6–6 9–3 8–5 7–5 6–7 5–8 7–6 6–7 5–7 3–9 5–7 6–6
Houston 6–6 8–5 6–7 5–8 5–7 6–6 4–9 8–4 10–2 8–5 6–6 8–4 2–11
Los Angeles 7–5 5–8 8–4 7–6 7–6 6–6 9–3 8–4 7–6 6–6 5–8 7–6 8–4
Montreal 3–10 6–6 9–3 9–3 8–5 9–4 3–9 7–6 6–7 7–5 4–8 9–4 8–4
New York 6–7 5–7 6–6 5–7 6–7 4–8 4–8 6–7 7–6 8–5 3–10 6–6 5–7
Philadelphia 4-9 6–7 2–10 6–6 7–6 2–10 6–7 7–6 6–7 7–5 4–8 6–6 4–8
Pittsburgh 3–9 9–4 8–5 5–7 7–5 5–8 6–6 5–7 5–8 5–7 4–9 8–4 3–10
San Diego 4–9 6–6 3–9 5–8 9–3 6–6 8–5 8–4 10–3 8–4 9–4 11–2 4–8
San Francisco 5–7 5–7 4–9 8–5 7–5 4–8 6–7 4–9 6–6 6–6 4–8 2–11 7–6
St. Louis 4–9 8–5 8–5 4–8 6–6 11-2 4–8 4–8 7–5 8–4 10–3 8–4 6–7

Game log[edit]

1996 Game Log: 82–80 (Home: 48–33; Away: 34–47)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Astros team member

Detailed records[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1996 Houston Astros
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Simms, MikeMike Simms 49 68 12 .176 1 8

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Hernandez, XavierXavier Hernandez 58 5 5 6 4.22 78
Young, AnthonyAnthony Young 28 3 3 0 4.59 19

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tucson Toros Pacific Coast League Tim Tolman
AA Jackson Generals Texas League Dave Engle
A Kissimmee Cobras Florida State League Alan Ashby
A Quad Cities River Bandits Midwest League Jim Pankovits
A-Short Season Auburn Doubledays New York–Penn League Manny Acta
Rookie GCL Astros Gulf Coast League Bobby Ramos

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Jackson

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anthony Young at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ "Jeff Bagwell player page bio". MLB.com. Retrieved February 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jeff Bagwell through the years (1996)". Houston Chronicle. January 4, 2011. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ UPI (June 3, 1996). "Bagwell captures NL Award for May". United Press International. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ Rajan, Greg (February 25, 2015). "Houston athletes own some interesting records". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  6. ^ Greg Swindell at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Roy Oswalt at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Danny Darwin at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Kirt Manwaring at Baseball Reference

External links[edit]