The all-time team in 1999 and the all-time team now: What’s changed?
Some of you might recall the nostalgic look back to the Astrodome days that we took a few weeks ago, when we reprinted pages from the game program sold during the final weekend of the season in October of 1999.
In the middle of that commemorative Farewell to the Astrodome issue of Astros Magazine was pictorial tribute to the players and manager who were named to the All-Astrodome team.
It’s interesting to see who was picked back then — after all, at that time, Lance Berkman had about 10 big league at-bats to his name and Roy Oswalt was still about a year and a half from from making his Major League debut.
Next year, fans will have plenty of input as we elect the all-time team during our celebration of the 50th anniversary of Houston baseball. But for now, let’s have a little fun. Take a look at who was considered to be the best of the best in 1999. Who would your all-time team be now? Looking for one manager, a first baseman, second baseman, shortstop and third baseman, catcher, three outfielders and two relievers.
(For those of you stressing over Berkman and Jeff Bagwell both being first basemen, just count Puma as an outfielder.)
While we’re on the subject — and boy, we’ve been talking a lot about Larry Dierker lately — our lovable former skipper is now a full-fledged blogger. A lot of you might remember Dierk’s “Baseball Library” columns that used to run in the Houston Chronicle back in the day. Well, they’re back, in the form of “Dierk’s Dugout,” which you can find on MLB.com or just by clicking here. Not only is Dierk a great writer, but the insight he provides after nearly 50 years in this game is priceless.
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