Houston Astros sent RF George Springer on a rehab assignment to Quad Cities River Bandits. George Springer assigned to Corpus Christi Hooks from Lancaster JetHawks. Houston Astros selected the contract of RF George Springer from Oklahoma City RedHawks.
Was the best leadoff hitter in the American League, in a year where he made his first career All-Star Team, received a Silver Slugger Award, and was named MVP of the World Series...crested the 30-homer mark for the first time in his career, belting 34 homers, which ranked tied for 10th in the AL and led the Astros...marked the most homers by an Astros player since Chris Carter hit 37 in 2014...hit 30 of his homers as an outfielder, which marked the most by an Astros outfielder since Carlos Lee hit 31 in 2007...hit all 34 of his homers out of the leadoff spot in the lineup, which set a franchise record and tied the seventh-most homers ever recorded by a leadoff hitter in MLB history...the only AL players to hit more homers out of the leadoff spot in a single season were Alfonso Soriano (38 in 2002, 35 in 2003) and Brady Anderson (35 in 1996)...hit nine leadoff homers, the most in the Majors...tied the fourth-most leadoff homers by a player in AL history with Rickey Henderson (1986), behind only Alfonso Soriano (13 in 2003), Brady Anderson (12 in 1996) and Jacque Jones (11 in 2002)...his nine leadoff homers also set a new franchise record, surpassing the previous record of eight, reached by Craig Biggio in 2001 and himself in 2016...his 17 leadoff homers from 2016-17 were the most in the Major Leagues... finished tied for second in the AL in runs (112) with Jose Altuve behind Aaron Judge (128)...became the second player in club history to reach 112 runs in consecutive seasons, joining Jeff Bagwell (1998-2001) and Craig Biggio (1995-99)...ranked ninth in the AL in OPS (.889)...ranked among the top-five AL outfielders in runs (2nd), homers (5th), OBP (5th), slugging percentage (5th) and OPS (5th)...set career highs in homers, RBI (85), batting average (.283), slugging percentage (.522) and OPS...ranked second in the AL in batting average with runners in scoring position and two outs (.392, 20x51)...led the AL in OPS in those situations (1.270)...posted a careerlow 17.6% strikeout rate...was one of the most strikeout-prone players in the Majors in his 2014 rookie year...has lowered his strikeout rate in every year of his career...33% in 2014, 24.2% in 2015, 23.9% in 2016, 17.6% in 2017... improved his strikeout rate over the course of the season...posted an 11.2% strikeout rate in the second-half of the season, which was the sixth-best mark in the AL...posted a 22% strikeout rate in the first half...became the third Astros player with 27 homers prior to the All-Star Break, joining Lance Berkman (2002) and Jeff Bagwell (1994, 1999)...became the first player in MLB history with 27 homers from the leadoff sport prior to the All-Star Break...posted a career-high contact rate (78.3%) and a career-low swing rate (44.9%)...made his third consecutive Opening Day roster and start...left the game on April 22 at TB with discomfort in his left hamstring... was not placed on the DL but missed three games...placed on the 10-day DL with left quad discomfort on July 28...activated on Aug. 9...hit a leadoff homer on Opening Day on April 3 vs. SEA off RHP Felix Hernandez... became the second player in franchise history to hit a leadoff homer on Opening Day, joining Terry Puhl, who did so twice (April 10, 1980 vs. LAD and April 6, 1978 at CIN)...hit a walkoff homer in the 13th inning on April 5 vs. SEA...was his fourth-career walkoff hit and second-career walkoff homer...the last Astro to hit a walkoff homer that early in a season was Richard Hidalgo in the second game of the 2001 season...also hit a two-run double on April 5 vs. SEA, driving in all five of Houston's runs...the five RBI tied his career high...became the first player to record at least five RBI, all from the leadoff spot in the lineup, and driving in all of his team's runs since Rafael Furcal on July 9, 2004...hit a leadoff homer off LHP Ariel Miranda on April 6 vs. SEA...per Elias, became the first player in club history to hit a leadoff homer one game after hitting a walkoff homer...the last MLB player to do that was Scott Hairston for the Padres from Aug. 3-4, 2007...became the first player in MLB history to hit a leadoff homer one game after hitting a walkoff homer in the month of April...prior to Springer, the last time an AL player hit two leadoff HR within his club's first four games of a season was in 2011 (Sizemore and Kinsler)... on April 9 vs. KC, hit a leadoff homer off RHP Nate Karns and scored the winning run in the 12th inning...became the first player in Major League history to hit three leadoff homers within his team's first seven games of a season...the only player in MLB history to record three leadoff homers within his team's first 10 games, prior to Springer, was Brian Downing in 1987...tied the club record for most homers within the Astros first seven games of a season (4) and most homers within the team's first 12 games of a season (6)...hit his fourth leadoff homer of the year on April 11 at SEA off LHP Ariel Miranda...became the first player in Major League history to record four leadoff homers within his team's first nine games of a season...played in a Major League-leading 205 team games from 2016 through April 22...was the sixth-longest streak in club history...had a multi-homer game (4th career) in the second game of Houston's doubleheader at NYY on May 14...hit his fifth leadoff homer of the season and then homered again to lead off the 2nd inning...per Elias, became the fourth player in MLB's expansion era (since 1961) to hit home runs to lead off each of the first two innings of a game...joined Chad Curtis (1995), Stan Javier (1999), and Manny Machado (2015)...additionally, became the fourth player in Astros history to homer in the 1st and 2nd innings of a game (Elias), joining Jose Altuve (2016), Lance Berkman (2002) and Craig Biggio (1997)...his two homers snapped a 19-game homerless streak which tied the longest of his career (went homerless over his first 19 games of his career in 2014)...went 4x4 with two homers on May 31 at MIN...was his fifth career multi-homer game...tied a franchise record by reaching in six plate appearances, which was last accomplished on Sept. 20, 2007 by J.R. Towles and Cody Ransom...one of his homers went 473 feet, per Statcast...named the AL Player of the Week for the week of May 29-June 4...during the week, had multiple hits in all six of the Astros games, hitting .500 (15x30) with 11 runs scored, five home runs, nine RBI and a 1.565 OPS (.531 OBP/1.033 SLG)...led the AL in runs, hits, home runs, slugging and OPS during the week... marked his first career Player of the Week award...went 3x5 with two homers, including his sixth leadoff homer of the season, on June 4 at TEX...hit his 82nd career homer in what was his 400th career game on June 11 vs. LAA...marked the second-most homers by an Astros player through his first 400 games, trailing only Lance Berkman (89)...hit 11 homers in June, the most in the AL...marked the most June homers by an Astro since Moises Alou hit 12 in June of 2001...walked in five straight games from June 24-29, tying the longest streak of his career...was elected to start the All-Star Game via the fan vote...became the first Astro to start the All-Star Game in the outfield since Lance Berkman in 2004...on July 7 at TOR, became the first player in club history to have a four-hit, five-RBI game out of the leadoff spot int he lineup...became the 13th player in MLB history to do so, and the first since Charlie Blackmon in 2014...hit a grand slam on Sept. 27 at TEX...was his fourth career grand slam...named the Willie Mays World Series MVP as part of a postseason in which he hit .292 (21x72) with five doubles, six homers, nine RBI and a .997 OPS (.386 OBP/.611 SLG)...became the eighth outfielder to win the World Series MVP award, joining Hall of Famers Frank Robinson (1966), Roberto Clemente (1971) and Reggie Jackson (1973 and 1977), as well as Pedro Guerrero (1981), Manny Ramirez (2004), Jermaine Dye (2005) and Ben Zobrist (2016)...tied Carlos Beltrán (2004) for the franchise record for extra-base hits in a single postseason (11)...overall, it tied for the fourth-most extra-base hits in a single postseason in MLB history, trailing only David Freese (14 in 2011), Nelson Cruz (13 in 2010) and Albert Pujols (13 in 2011)...hit .379 (11x29) in the World Series with three doubles, five homers, seven RBI and eight runs scored, becoming the first player ever to reach those totals in a single World Series...his eight extra-base hits in the World Series marked a new MLB record... surpassed Willie Stargell, who posted seven in the 1979 World Series...his five home runs in the World Series tied Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson (1977) and Chase Utley (2009) for the most in a single Fall Classic...his five homers from the leadoff spot set a new record for a World Series, eclipsing the previous mark of four set by Lenny Dykstra during the 1993 Fall Classic...his six home runs from the leadoff spot in the postseason also tied Dykstra's postseason record of six set in 1993...homered in four consecutive World Series games, becoming the first player to do so in a single World Series...joined Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig and Reggie Jackson as the only players to homer in four consecutive World Series games overall...totaled a record 29 total bases during the World Series, eclipsing the previous mark of 25 shared by Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson (1977) and Willie Stargell (1979)...became the first player ever to record an extra-base hit in six consecutive World Series games... tied a franchise record by recording multiple hits in three straight postseason games...did so twice: Games 5-7 of the World Series, and Games 2-4 of the ALDS...hit a go-ahead, 11th inning two-run homer in Game 2 of the World Series at LAD...gave the Astros their first World Series victory in franchise history...went 2x3 with a solo homer, three walks and three runs scored in Game 5 of the World Series...joined Barry Bonds (2002) as the only players in World Series history to have a game with a homer, three walks and three runs scored...following the season was named the winner of the NY Chapter of the BBWAA Arthur and Milton Richman "You Gotta Have Heart Award" for overcoming challenges of his stutter...was also named the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA "New England Player of the Year".
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