Houston Astros Franchise Four: MLB.com Fan Vote

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Jul 27, 2014; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame player Nolan Ryan responds to being introduced during the class of 2014 national baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at National Baseball Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Pitchers

J.R. Richard: Richard spent his entire 10-year career in a Houston uniform from 1971-80. He won 20 games in 1976, and had three consecutive 18 win seasons from 1977-1979. He finished with a 107-71 record, 3.15 ERA (2.86 FIP), 76 complete games, 19 shutouts, and 1493 strikeouts. His 313 strikeouts in 1979 is a franchise record for most in a season.

Nolan Ryan: The Ryan Express spent nine of his 27 Major League years in an Astros uniform, the most of any team he played for. The flamethrower from Alvin finished with 106-94 record, 3.13 ERA (2.87 FIP), 38 complete games, 13 shutouts, 1 no-hitter, and 1866 strikeouts. He led the Astros to their first three playoff berths in 1980, 1981, and 1986. Ryan currently serves as an executive adviser for the Houston Astros. His #34 was retired by the Astros in 1996.

Mike Scott: After spending his first four seasons with the Mets, Scott came to Houston in 1983 and pitched for nine seasons. He won 18 games in 1985 and 1986 (Cy Young winner), and had one 20-win season in 1989. Scott’s Houston record was 110-81 with a 3.30 ERA (3.27 FIP), 42 complete games and 21 shutouts. The three-time All-Star is best remembered for his complete game no-hitter against the San Franscisco Giants to clinch the NL West division on September 25, 1986. His #33 was retired by Houston in 1992.

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