2001 Houston Astros season
|2001 Houston Astros|
|2001 NL Central Champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Drayton McLane, Jr.|
|General manager(s)||Gerry Hunsicker|
(Bill Brown, Jim Deshaies, Bill Worrell)
(Milo Hamilton, Alan Ashby)
(Francisco Ernesto Ruiz, Alex Treviño)
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- January 2, 2001: Charlie Hayes was signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros.
- January 3, 2001: Kent Bottenfield was signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros.
On June 8, the first interleague game between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers took place at The Ballpark at Arlington, part of a rivalry known as the Lone Star Series. The Astros won the game by a score of 5-4. The team that would win the most games between the two in a season would be awarded the Silver Boot.
For the second time in his career, Bagwell reached seven runs batted in (RBI) in a game – the second time he tied the club record – against the Kansas City Royals on July 7. Over four successive games from July 8–13, Bagwell homered and totaled five home runs in that span.
In a contest at Enron Field against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 18, Bagwell hit for the cycle. He went 4-for-5 with a BB and five RBI as the Astros won, 17–11. He was the NL Player of the Month that July after batting .333 with nine HR, breaking his own club record with 36 RBI in a month, exceeding 34 RBI in August 2000.
While hitting his 32nd HR on August 19, 2001, against Pittsburgh, Bagwell collected his 100th RBI. It was the sixth consecutive season he reached at least 30 HR and 100 RBI, making him the eighth player in MLB history to achieve such a streak, and the only Houston player to do so. Five days later, also against Pittsburgh, he scored his 100th run, joining Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth as the only players in MLB history with six consecutive seasons of 30 homers, 100 RBI and 100 runs scored. On September 30 at Chicago, Bagwell walked for his 100th of the season, thus making him the only player in MLB history register six consecutive seasons of at least 30 HR, 100 RBI, 100 runs scored, and 100 walks.
|St. Louis Cardinals||93||69||0.574||—||54–28||39–41|
Record vs. opponents
2001 National League Records
- June 5, 2001: Kirk Saarloos was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 3rd round of the 2001 amateur draft. Player signed June 24, 2001.
- July 9, 2001: Charlie Hayes was released by the Houston Astros.
|2001 Houston Astros|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
National League Divisional Playoffs
Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves
Atlanta wins the series, 3-0
|1||Houston||4||Atlanta||7||October 9||1-0 (ATL)|
|2||Houston||0||Atlanta||1||October 10||2-0 (ATL)|
|3||Atlanta||6||Houston||2||October 12||3-0 (ATL)|
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Lexington; LEAGUE CO-CHAMPIONS: New Orleans
- Charlie Hayes Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- "Jeff Bagwell player page bio". MLB.com. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- "Homers power Astro victory". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. July 14, 2001. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- Duarte, Joseph (July 18, 2001). "Astros outslug Cards: Bagwell hits for cycle". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- "Houston Astros 17, St. Louis Cardinals 11: Game played on Wednesday, July 18, 2001 (N) at Enron Field". Retrosheet (retrosheet.org). Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- Baseball's Top 100: The Game's Greatest Records, p.10, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7