Several Astros players, including World Series MVP George Springer and pitcher Dallas Keuchel, said they would visit the White House if the team accepted an invitation.

White House visits by championship-winning college and pro teams have been a tradition since the Reagan Administration. But the current divisive political atmosphere and the election of Donald Trump as president last year, has now raised questions after every championship event. Will the champions go, or will they decline? If they go, how many players will skip the ceremony?

The Super Bowl champion Patriots visited the White House in April, but about a dozen fewer players attended than during the team's previous visits.

In September, President Trump uninvited the NBA champion Golden State Warriors after Stephen Curry said he didn't want to go.