Houston Astros induct 6 new members to club’s Hall of Fame
Career Astros Statistics
- Seasons Played: 12 (1970-1981)
- Primary Position(s) Played: CF
- Career Position Player WAR: 49.6 (Ranked 4th in Astros history)
- Batting Average: .289 (Ranked 10th in Astros history)
- Homeruns: 163 (Ranked 7th in Astros history)
- RBIs: 778 (Ranked 6th in Astros history)
- Stolen Bases: 487 (Ranked 1st in Astros history)
Cesar Cedeno was signed as an amateur free agent by Houston at the age of 17, and debuted with the major league team at the age of nineteen. He was an instant five-tool talent, batting .310 in his rookie season. He would lead the major league in doubles in the two seasons following.
Cedeno’s speed was one of his most effective tools, stealing a single-season, career-high sixty-one stolen bases in 1977. His career 487 stolen bases still ranks first all-time with the team. Cedeno might have have finished his career being one of the greatest players to ever suit up for the organization. However, a major off-field issue in 1973 seemed to detract from his performance on the team in the years to follow. Regardless, as a member of the franchise, Cedeno finished top four in Rookie of the Year voting in 1970, won five Gold Gloves, and appeared in the All-Star Game four times.