List of Houston Astros managers
The Houston Astros are a professional baseball franchise based in Houston, Texas. They are a member of the American League (AL) West in Major League Baseball (MLB). The team joined MLB in 1962 as an expansion team named the Houston Colt .45s and changed their name to the Houston Astros in 1965. The team won their first NL Championship in 2005. Having first played in Colt Stadium (1962–1964), and later in The Astrodome, now known as the Reliant Astrodome (1965–1999), the Astros have played their home games at Minute Maid Park, which was first named The Ballpark at Union Station, since 2000. The franchise is owned by Jim Crane, and Jeff Luhnow is their general manager.
There have been 16 managers for the Astros franchise. The team's first manager was Harry Craft, who managed for three seasons. Bill Virdon is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games managed (1066), and the most regular-season game wins (544); Hal Lanier and Phil Garner are tied for the franchise's all-time leader for the most playoff games managed (14); Garner is the franchise's all-time leader for the most playoff-game wins (7). Salty Parker is the Astros' all-time leader for the highest regular-season winning percentage, as he has only managed one game, which he won. Of the managers who have managed a minimum of 162 games (one season), Larry Dierker has the highest regular-season winning percentage with .556. Garner is the franchise's all-time leader for the highest playoff winning percentage with .500. Leo Durocher is the only Astros manager to have been elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Garner is the only manager to have won an NL championship with the Astros, winning it in 2005. Larry Dierker is the only Astros manager to have had his uniform number retired by the Astros, with his uniform number 49 retired by the Astros in 2002. Dierker is also the sixth manager in MLB history to win a division championship in his first season for the Astros in 1997. Lanier and Dierker are the only managers to have won a Manager of the Year Award with the Astros, winning it in 1986 and 1998 respectively. Grady Hatton, Lanier, Dierker, and Cooper have spent their entire managing careers with the Astros.
|#||Number of managers[a]|
|GM||Regular-season games managed|
|Win%||Regular-season winning percentage|
|PGM||Playoff games managed|
|PWin%||Playoff winning percentage|
|*||Spent entire MLB managing career with the Colt .45s / Astros|
|**||Interim manager only|
|***||Acting manager during manager's medical leave of absence|
|†||Elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager|
|§||Number retired by the Colt .45s / Astros franchise|
Note: Statistics are correct as of October 15, 2015.
|1||Craft, HarryHarry Craft||1962–1964||471||191||280||.406||—||—||—||—|
|2||Harris, LumanLuman Harris||1964–1965||175||70||105||.400||—||—||—||—|
|3||Hatton, GradyGrady Hatton*||1966–1968||385||164||221||.426||—||—||—||—|
|4||Walker, HarryHarry Walker||1968–1972||708||355||353||.501||—||—||—||—|
|5||Parker, SaltySalty Parker**||1972||1||1||0||1.000||—||—||—||—|
|6||Durocher, LeoLeo Durocher†||1972–1973||193||98||95||.508||—||—||—||—|
|7||Gómez, PrestonPreston Gómez||1974–1975||289||128||161||.443||—||—||—||—|
|8||Virdon, BillBill Virdon||1975–1982||1,066||544||522||.510||10||4||6||.400|
|9||Lillis, BobBob Lillis||1982–1985||537||276||261||.514||—||—||—||—|
|10||Lanier, HalHal Lanier*||1986–1988||486||254||232||.523||6||2||4||.333||1986 NL Manager of the Year|
|11||Howe, ArtArt Howe||1989–1993||810||392||418||.484||—||—||—||—|
|12||Collins, TerryTerry Collins||1994–1996||421||224||197||.532||—||—||—||—|
|13||Dierker, LarryLarry Dierker*§||1997–2001||810||448||362||.553||14||2||12||.143||1998 NL Manager of the Year|
|14||Galante, MattMatt Galante***||1999||27||13||14||.481||—||—||—||—|
|15||Williams, JimyJimy Williams||2002–2004||412||215||197||.522||—||—||—||—|
|16||Garner, PhilPhil Garner||2004–2007||529||277||252||.524||26||13||13||.500||2005 NL championship|
|17||Cooper, CecilCecil Cooper*||2007–2009||341||171||170||.501||—||—||—||—|
|18||Clark, DaveDave Clark**||2009||13||4||9||.308||—||—||—||—|
|19||Mills, BradBrad Mills*||2010–2012||445||171||274||.384||—||—||—||—|
|20||DeFrancesco, TonyTony DeFrancesco**||2012||41||16||25||.390||—||—||—||—|
|21||Porter, BoBo Porter*||2013–2014||300||110||190||.367||—||—||—||—|
|22||Lawless, TomTom Lawless**||2014||24||11||13||.458||—||—||—||—||—|
|23||Hinch, AJAJ Hinch||2015–Present||324||170||154||.525||6||3||3||.500|
- a A running total of the number of managers of the Colt .45s/Astros. Thus, any manager who has two or more separate terms as a manager is only counted once.
- b Each year is linked to an article about that particular MLB season.
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