Houston Astros: CTH’s Top-25 Astros All-Time Hitters
By Cody Poage
#22 Top Hitter
Art Howe by Cody Poage
Arguably remembered more for his managing days than his playing days, Art Howe carries the distinction of being one of the few former Astros actually to play for and manage the club at different times in franchise history. But this doesn’t mean that Howe’s playing days with the Astros were forgettable.
From his first season with Houston in 1976 till his last in 1982, the former infielder provided the Astros with quality hitting in limited exposure. Not known for his power, Howe did provide the Astros with quality hitting during his time in the “H-Star” hat. He actually maintained a WAR of 1.7 or higher in five of his six seasons as an Astro. In years in which he played at least 100 games for the Astros, Howe also achieved a wRC+ of at least 107 or higher in four of his six seasons. Never known to be strikeout prone, he also yielded similar walk and strikeout percentages for his career (9.3 BB%, 9.7 K%).
Howe would eventually leave the Astros via free agency following the conclusion of the 1982 season, and would resurface with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1984 after missing the entire 1983 season due to injury. But for his Astros career, Howe will be remembered for his ability to be a quality hitter despite his lack of power (.120 career ISO). In fact, he is ranked 22nd in WAR (13.4) for his Astros career. Hence, the reason he comes in at #22 on our list.
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