Astros History: Enos Cabell

HOUSTON - APRIL 15: Former Astros Enos Cabell (L) and J.R. Richard chat during pre-game ceremonies on Jackie Robinson Day before a game against the San Diego Padres at Minute Maid Park on April 15, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Acquired from the Baltimore Orioles for Lee May and Jay Schlueter, Enos Cabell debuted with the Astros in 1975. He would spend the next six years with the Astros before being traded to the San Francisco Giants. He would make a return to Houston in 1984 and 1985 before again being traded, this time to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In his time with the Astros he posted a .277/.308/.370 line, which amounts to a 99 OPS+. While those numbers might seem average, the fact of the matter is that Cabell in his eight years with the Astros made an impact on this franchise. All one need do is look at the top 50 batter leaderboards for the Astros and you'll see his name littered through out those rankings.

Cabell's first year with Houston saw him split time between third base, first base and the outfield. Starting in 1976 he became the Astros primary third basemen for the next five years.

In his time with Houston, offensively, Cabell stole 191 bases and hit 45 homeruns. In his first full season with the club he stole 35 bases. Despite hitting double digits in homeruns only once, he ranks 35th all time for the Astros in homeruns.

While the stolen bases and homeruns are the reason he's being highlighted today, coinciding with game 35, the thing he probably did the best was hitting doubles and triples. He ranks eighth all-time in triples and 15th all time in doubles.

Whatever you want to think about Cabell's numbers, he did have an impact on the Astros franchise. He was a good ball player and more importantly he was the player manning third base for the Astros in 1980. The first year the Astros made the postseason in franchise history.

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