are a Major League Baseball team located in Houston, Texas.
They are a member of the Central Division of the National
League. Since 2000, they have played their home games at
Minute Maid Park, formerly known as Enron Field. Their current
majority owner is Drayton McLane, Jr. The Houston-based
fruit juice manufacturer Minute Maid owned by The Coca-Cola
Company, after whom the Astros' stadium is named, holds
a minority stake in the team.
established as the Houston Colt .45s in 1962. They changed
to their current name three years later, when they moved
into the iconic Astrodome, the world's first domed sports
stadium. The name references Houston's role as the center
of the U.S. astronaut program.
Astros are the oldest
MLB franchise to have never won the World Series while remaining
in the same city over their history. After heart-breaking
playoff losses in 1980, 1981, and 1986, and more playoff
appearances in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Astros
finally appeared in their first and (to date) only World
Series, in 2005 against the Chicago White Sox.
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Bill Beck Blvd., Kissimmee.
I-4, take Route 192 west off of the Florida Turnpike
or east off of I-4. The ballpark is 1.5 miles west
of the turnpike and two miles east of downtown Kissimmee.
Newly renovated in 2003, Osceola
County Stadium has been the spring-training home of the
Houston Astros since 1985, when the team shifted spring-training
facilities from Cocoa. (This was a shame, as the Astros
had a perfect link to Cocoa. Cocoa Beach was the home to
Major Anthony Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie, and as you all
recall Major Nelson was -- an astronaut!)
The renovations to Osceola County
Stadium and Complex, which carry a price tag of $18.4 million,
include increasing the stadium capacity to over 5,200 (5,225)
with the addition of another 300 seats, and installing all
armchair seating, a new press box, and separate major and
minor league clubhouses with state-of-the-art training facilities.
Other new fan-friendly features include "Autograph Alley"
and a party deck for private functions.
The remodeling turned one of the worst
ballparks in spring training into one of the best. Though
it's still the smallest ballpark in the Grapefruit League,
Osceola County Stadium is a very comfortable place to watch
a spring-training game.
Spring Training History
The Houston Colt .45s began their
history with training camp in Apache Junction, Ariz., in
1962-1963. In 1964 spring training was shifted to Cocoa
Beach, where the Astros trained until 1984. In 1985 the
Astros moved to their current spring-training home in Kissimmee.
Osceola County Stadium has been the
spring-training home of the Houston Astros since 1985.