Houston Astros: CTH’s Top-25 Astros All-Time Hitters
#16 Top Hitter
Steve Finley by Cody Poage
Like other hitters on this list, Steve Finley was never stayed in an Astros uniform for very long. Shoot, he is mostly remembered for his time as an Arizona Diamondback during that franchise’s most successful years. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t a valuable contributor in Houston despite only being here for four seasons.
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Finley was originally acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in 1991 in the now-famous trade that also saw Pete Harnisch and Curt Schilling wear an Astros uniform. He would then go on to establish himself as one of the team’s more dangerous hitters from 1991-94.
His 1992 season is arguably the best season he put together as a member of the Astros. In fact, Finely led the NL in games played (162), second in triples (13), third in stolen bases (44), and seventh in hits (177) that year. His 44 stolen bases that season actually ended up being a career-high.
And even though he didn’t develop his power stroke until a few years after he left the Astros, Finley from a WAR standpoint provided value to the team. His 14.9 WAR currently ranks 17th overall in franchise history, which only helps his case of inclusion on this list. And while he didn’t enjoy the fruits of the Astros labor in the late 1990’s, Finley helped lay the foundation for the franchise’s future success.
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