Moises Alou by Elliott Jenkins
Alou’s tenure with the Astros was short, but it was far more remarkable than casual fans realize. Acquired from the Marlins for Manuel Barrios, Oscar Henriquez, and Mark Johnson after winning the World Series in 1997, Alou racked up some accolades in only three years with the Astros.
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Alou won the Silver Slugger in 1998 and was an All-Star in both 1998 and 2001. He was 3rd in MVP voting in 1998 and finished as a finalist other every year that he played with the Astros. He is 1st all-time in career Astros batting average (.331), slugging percentage (.585), and OPS (.988). He is 2nd all-time in at-bats per HR with 16.3, behind Chris Carter and ahead of Lance Berkman.
He also owns the 2nd-highest single season batting average, when he hit .355 in 2000. He is 3rd all-time in career Astros OBP with .403, and he owns the third-highest single season slugging percentage in Astros history with .623 in 2000. He is 5th all-time in Astros single season OPS with 1.039 in 2000 and single season total bases with 340 in 1998.
His 1998 season was especially spectacular. In 1998, Alou finished 5th all-time in Astros single season total bases with 340, 8th all-time in Astros single-season RBIs with 124, 9th all-time in single-season extra base hits with 77, and 10th all-time in single-season home runs with 38.
It is interesting to note that Alou did not play in 1999 after tearing his ACL on a treadmill in the offseason. That Astros team finished 97-65, 1st in the NL Central. After being eliminated in the NLDS by the Atlanta Braves, Astros fans will just have to daydream about what a mid-prime Alou could have added to that team.
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