Houston Astros: 7 Reasons Behind the Downfall of the Franchise

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Houston Astros: 7 Reasons Behind the Downfall of the Franchise
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The departure of Lance Berkman, a co-face of the Astros franchise, was one of many catalysts that set off their downward spiral.

Six short years ago, the Houston Astros were a proud and talented franchise.  Though they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in their first World Series, simply capturing the National League pennant was more than enough to lift the spirits of their fans and bring optimism to a club that was once nothing more than the Atlanta Braves' favorite chew toy in October.

Unfortunately, this was the last anyone heard of those Astros.  The pride still remains, but the talent is another story.

They have yet to return to the postseason, and they've hit rock bottom this year, sporting a 43-88 record and appearing to be comfortably in control of the number-one pick in next year's draft.

So how does a team go from the World Series to the outhouse in six years?

The short answer is a mix of bad luck and bad decisions.  The following slideshow will illustrate what I feel are the seven biggest reasons for this franchise's spiral into oblivion.

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