Imagine your memory has been completely erased, but somehow you know you love baseball. Or perhaps he grew up in Iceland and has no specific loyalty, no obligation to his team following his dad. You could choose any team to turn it into your team.
By 2017, you might have to choose the Houston Astros, the funniest team in the major leagues.
Here are the reasons why Houston is a team that needs to be seen:
The youth nucleus
Even if you were not an Astros fan, it is acceptable to admit the following. There will be no repercussions, no need to hand over your fanatic card. One loves it when Jose Altuve hits four hits in a game – a feat he scored eight times last season – even when he does it against his team. When we see Altuve play, we see potential for greatness in ourselves.
Jose Altuve and George Springer have become the mainstays of the young core of Astros players.
Maybe you know the story. When he was 16 years old, he presented himself to an Astros test in Venezuela and showed him the door the same day. Very small, of course. There is no chance for a player smaller than the cargabates to become a player in the majors. Altuve returned the next day in a similar way, then the Astros Al Pedrique heard something on him and signed him for $ 15,000. It was like buying stocks at Apple in 1997.
The Astros have built their shoe around an exciting four-star group, all 27 years or less this season. Carlos Correa, George Springer and Alex Bregman all were first-round picks with classic, lean and powerful baseball bodies. Altuve, was the 5-foot, 6-inch lottery ticket that became the soul and heart of the franchise. What was most impressive of his 2016 campaign was that Altuve found a way to improve, even after winning the batting title in 2014, caputardo two steal base titles in 2014 and 2015 and lead the American League in hits In both seasons. He improved his patience on the plate and added more power, registering the best marks of his career in percentage of base with .396 and quadrangular with 24. Finished third in the voting for Most Valuable Player.
The other three are pretty good too. Corey Seager and Francisco Lindor may have stolen Correa’s attention last year from the pantheon of the great young shortstops, but the refined way Correa plays with his power potential means that it could translate to being the one that will end Among the top three for VMY in 2017.
Here’s a fun statistic to consider: Only two teams since 1901 have had boxing position players 27 and under with WAR of +5 in the same season – the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees did it in the 1942. The Astros could do this this year considering that Altuve, Correa and Springer were five-time winners in 2016. Maybe that’s a bit ambitious for Bregman to be their first full season, but even if we lower the standard to +4 WAR, Only two teams have achieved it in the last 30 years.