Climbing Tal’s Hill sixth installment of the Astros’ All-Time Best Season Series covers left fielders. Throughout the past 53 years there have been 24 regulars, according to Baseball-Reference. Only one of those has had their jersey number retired by the Astros organization: Jose Cruz.
In case you have missed the discussions regarding catcher and the infield positions, they are linked below:
- who made the cut at catcher?
- Bags, Davis, and more
- a pair of hall-of-famers and a third in the making
- steady diet of third basemen in history
- Adam Everett makes an appearance, who else fits in there?
This has been one of the more difficult tasks as a writer at Climbing Tal’s Hill. My youth means that I only have about 15 years to assess players visually. To try to stay objective in assessing numbers, I will try to use consistency with home runs, runs batted in and batting average. But OPS+ is a very nice tool as well.
Please click through the following slide show of candidates. Also, be sure to vote for your favorite at the end of the presentation.
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