Jeff Bagwell

Jeff Bagwell autogrpah
Birthdate 05/27/1968
Death Date
Debut Year 1991
Year of Induction 2017
Teams Astros
Position First Base

After drafting future Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell in the 4th round in the 1989 draft, the Red Sox traded him to the Astros for pitcher Larry Andersen.

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Jeff Bagwell Topps contract extension for 1992-1995

Jeff Bagwell Topps contract extension for 1992-1995

Jeff Bagwell signed this Topps extension on March 3, 1992 after finishing his Rookie of the Year campaign just five months earlier. Over the duration of the contract, Bagwell would play in his first All Star game and his lone Most Valuable Player Award. Bagwell played all 15 of his big league season

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Judgment of Steroid Era comes every year at Hall of Fame

June 18th, 2014

(Editors’ note: Mike Piazza was inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 24, 2016.) Can the game’s story be complete without a plaque of the baseball’s all-time home run leader? Doesn’t the man with the most Cy Young Awards deserve induction? How about the catcher with the most career homers? All have been on the ballot, yet none is enshrined. The allegations pointed toward Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are well-documented. The case for Mike Piazza remains less clear. Certainly his numbers are certainly Cooperstown-worthy. Amassed in any other era, his 427 homers and .308 lifetime average would be enough to garner the catcher a bronze plaque. Piazza’s six seasons with at least 100 runs batted in, 12 all-star appearances, and ten Silver Slugger awards certainly seem Cooperstown-worthy. In today’s Hall of Fame voting process, however, numbers aren’t enough. That’s where hypocrisy begins to creep in. During the steroid era, the Baseball Writers concerned themselves only with on-field performance. Seven times they voted prickly Barry Bonds the MVP; seven times they cast enough votes for Roger Clemens to receive the Cy Young Award. No one cared then that the players’ statistics might have been aided by performance enhancing drugs. When those same two players were on the Hall of Fame […]

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