George Springer, Pride of Houston

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In the 2017 World Series, the nation got to see what Houston fans have been enjoying–George Springer’s phenomenal plate presence.

The Astros’ dynamite hitter and outfielder, George Springer, didn’t sign originally with Houston. After playing high school ball in New Britain, CT, Springer was taken in the 2008 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins. He didn’t sign that year because he wanted to play college ball at the University of Connecticut.

Later, Springer was selected in the first round–11th overall pick–in the 2011 MLB Draft. Springer was the highest draft selection–ever–from the State of Connecticut.

Springer, who signed with a $2.52 million bonus, began his career with the Tri-City Valley Cats in Single A. He excelled in the minors and, prior to the 2012 season, was named the 84th best prospect in baseball.

He made his MLB debut on April 16th, 2014 at Minute Maid Park. The Astros played that day against the Kansas City Royals. Springer batted second and collected his first career hit against Jeremy Guthrie. Later in the year, he hit his first home run in Detroit against then-Tigers’ pitcher, Drew Smyly.

And it was only the beginning…. Springer became the first Astros’ rookie to hit 15 HRs before the All-Star break.

2017 wasn’t Springer’s only great season with Houston. Houston fans were already referring to him as “Springer Dinger” to denote his excellent plate presence.┬áBut most of the nation didn’t see that name in action until 2017 post-season play, especially during the World Series against the LA Dodgers.

In Game 2, Springer homered in extra innings to give the Astros a come-from-behind 7-6 win. Then, during Game 7, Springer was instrumental in the Astros 5-1 series-clinching victory. He homered and doubled, finishing the game with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Springer’s five home runs in the 2017 World Series tied the record with Reggie Jackson and Chase Utley–not bad company to be in.┬áSpringer was named Series MVP.

George Springer is a great player whose feats we’ll witness for many years to come.

Houston Chronicle


About Matthew Paris

I grew up an avid Houston sports fan. After graduating from Texas Tech University in Theater and English Literature I worked as a marketing rep and coach for I9 Sports, coaching baseball, flag football, soccer, and basketball. I’m currently with Austin Sports Academy as a marketing coordinator, baseball and football coach, and coordinator of middle school and high school open play nights. I’ve written three short films for Looknow Productions and have also written articles on film marketing, producing, and directing. I really enjoy writing about sports and being an active contributor to The Sports Column.

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