This is the seventh edition of our Astros’ All-Time Best Seasons Series. The Houston Astros have had a history of very, very good rightfielders, and it was admittedly very difficult to narrow it down to just five nominees. (There will be a couple of honorable mentions for you to vote on at the end).
George Springer (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
If you want to catch up on the other positions that we’ve covered in this series, you can check them out here:
According to Baseball-Reference, 27 players have slotted into the RF spot over 53 years as a franchise, identical to the number of starting centerfielders in franchise history. Just by looking at the list, I attribute that the amount of turnover to the versatility of the guys playing rightfield. Lance Berkman, for example, played one season there, you might recall. Jose Cruz, a leftfielder for the majority of his career, also dabbled in some rightfield in the earlier years of his career.
Just as I did for centerfielders, the only threshold I have for ranking these players is that they had to have played a full season (> ~130 games) for the Houston Astros as primarily a rightfielder. There’s one exception to that rule on this list, but I think you’ll be willing to let that slide when you see his stats.
To see the top 5 seasons by a Houston Astros rightfielder, click through the following slide show of candidates. And if you so desire, you can exercise your right as an American citizen and vote for your favorite (including honorable mentions) at the end of the presentation, as well as any particular season you think I might’ve missed.
Next: 1986: Kevin Bass