30 Teams in 30 Posts: #2

I'm ranking all 30 of the MLB teams in order of how much I like them at this moment in time.  As with most countdowns, I'm starting with the worst (Cardinals) and I'll eventually end up with the best (Reds).  The real question now is:  Where will the other MLB teams land in my countdown?

This is the last of the mystery slots - or at least it was a mystery until I posted team #3 in my countdown of the 30 best MLB teams.

#2:  Houston Astros

Truthfully, I used to hate the Astros back when they shared a division with the Reds.  I could count on the Killer B's of Berkman, Biggio, and Bagwell to utterly destroy Reds' pitching every time they met on the diamond which instantly made me hate Houston.  However, time heals all wounds (as does a team leaving not only the division but also the league).

Nowadays, Houston is in the AL West, about as far from the NL Central as you can get.  My real reason for liking Houston so much now though is that I like a lot of their players.  I've had Jose Altuve as a "keeper" on my fantasy baseball team for a number of years so I have an obvious rooting interest there.  I also enjoy watching the likes of Bregman and Correa ply their trade.  The only drawback to Houston at the moment is that I didn't like their signing of Osuna giving all his personal issues.  Sometimes I'd like to think that human decency will win out over baseball wins and losses but alas in this sport that rarely seems to happen. 

All that said, Houston does take the #2 spot on my countdown.  Houston also gets a secondary honor as Jose Altuve is the one current player that hasn't played for the Reds but for which I maintain a player collection for.  That is to say, I do collect Jose Altuve despite him never being a Red! 

My list of favorite MLB teams (from worst to first):
#30:  St. Louis Cardinals
#29:  New York Yankees
#28:  San Francisco Giants
#27:  Washington Nationals
#26:  Boston Red Sox
#25:  Chicago Cubs
#24:  Atlanta Braves
#23:  Los Angeles Dodgers
#22:  Milwaukee Brewers
#21:  Miami Marlins
#20:  San Diego Padres
#19:  Arizona Diamondbacks
#18:  Texas Rangers
#17:  Los Angeles Angels
#16:  Kansas City Royals
#15:  Minnesota Twins
#14:  Oakland Athletics
#13:  Philadelphia Phillies
#12:  Tampa Bay Rays
#11:  Toronto Blue Jays
#10:  Detroit Tigers
#9:  Chicago White Sox
#8:  Colorado Rockies
#7:  Baltimore Orioles
#6:  Seattle Mariners
#5:  New York Mets
#4:  Cleveland Indians
#3:  Pittsburgh Pirates
#2:  Houston Astros
to be continued...


  1. I didn't like the Osuna signing either... uck... and I don't like that the Cubs traded for Chapman and still have Addison Russell in the organization... can't win them all I guess.

  2. The Astros are one of those likable teams. Even though they're in the AL West with my beloved A's... I'll still root for them as long as they're not playing the A's. And I've clapped more than once at the Coliseum wearing my A's jersey when Altuve has gotten a hit. Love that guy.


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