8th All-Time Astros Hitter
Bill Doran by Cody Poage
Between Joe Morgan, Bill Doran, Craig Biggio, and Jose Altuve, the Astros have a rich history of quality second baseman. And if Biggio hadn’t come around when he did, it is quite possible that Doran would hold a bigger legacy in Houston as the top second baseman in franchise history.
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From 1983 to halfway through the 1990 season, the Cincinnati native provided the Astros with the great play with the bat and on the field. In fact, his first six full seasons never produced a WAR lower than 2.9. And even though Doran was never known for his power, after all, he topped 10 HR only twice in his career, the second baseman was known for his all-around solid hit tool. He finished his Astros career eighth in at-bats, hits, runs, singles, and triples.
Doran would eventually become a mentor to Biggio after his call-up in 1988, especially after the team decided to transition the former Seton Hall product to second base. After the Astros had felt Biggio was ready to take over second base, the team traded him to his hometown Cincinnati Reds in 1990. He would win a World Series title with the Reds that same year and eventually finished his career with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1993.
Doran played the role of a good soldier for the Astros during his notable stint in Houston and helped bring along one of the best players in franchise history. But that doesn’t diminish his contributions as the second-best second baseman in franchise history.
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