The Houston Astros are a Major League Baseball team based in Houston, Texas. They compete in the American League West division. The team was established in 1962 as the Colt .45s, and they were renamed the Astros in 1965. They play their home games at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros have had a successful history, winning the National League pennant in 2005 and 2017, and winning the World Series in 2017. The team has had many talented players throughout its history, including Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, and Lance Berkman, who are all members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In recent years, the Astros have been led by a strong core of players including Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, and George Springer. These players have been instrumental in the team's success and have formed one of the best offenses in baseball.
The team's pitching staff has also been strong, with ace Justin Verlander leading the way. Verlander has been one of the best pitchers in baseball for several years and has been a key contributor to the team's success. Additionally, the Astros have a talented group of young players including Kyle Tucker and Forrest Whitley who will be looking to make an impact in the upcoming season.
Despite their recent success, the team faced controversy in the 2020 season when it was revealed that they had stolen signs during the 2017 season when they won the World Series. This led to the firing of their manager, A.J. Hinch, and general manager, Jeff Luhnow. The team was also fined $5 million and lost draft picks as a result.