Going, going, gone: Houston sports took a big ‘L’ when these athletes left

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George Springer: Signed as a free agent with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2021

HOUSTON – It’s been a tough several months for professional sports fans in Houston, with a handful of players leaving the city. With J.J. Watt now parting ways with the Texans, it just adds to the list. Over the last year, Houston had already lost James Harden, Deandre Hopkins, George Springer, among others.

While this past year has been perhaps especially rough with the departures, there have certainly been other top stars who have left Houston before that.

Here’s a look at some of the top players who left us heartbroken when they said so long to H-town. If there are any not on our list that you REALLY miss, let us know in the comments under this story!


George Springer - 2021

The Astros star has been in Houston since the team drafted him with their first-round pick in 2011. Springer joined the Astros in 2014, and eventually reached free agency in 2021.

Springer received a 6-year, $150 million deal from the Toronto Blue Jays. The Astros were not competitive in trying to retain their star center fielder.

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