Bagwell Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame Today
Became second player ever to go into the Hall as a member of the Houston Astros
Style Magazine Newswire | 7/31/2017, 4:18 p.m.
On August 31, 1990, the Astros acquired a little-known, minor league third baseman named Jeff Bagwell from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for reliever Larry Andersen. At the time, most likely no one in baseball could have known that this trade would go down as one of the most famous deals in Major League history.
In Spring Training of 1991, the Astros moved Bagwell from third base to first base. Bagwell would make the Major League club out of camp and then go on to earn NL Rookie of the Year honors. By 1994, he would become the first player in franchise history to be named Most Valuable Player. The rest is history.
BAGWELL BY THE NUMBERS
.948 career OPS ranks 20th in Major League history and 10th among right-handed hitters (min. 6000 PA).
.408 career on-base percentage ranks T-14th all-time among right-handed hitters and 10th all-time among first basemen (4th among RHH first basemen).
One of just 11 players in baseball history to hit at least 400 home runs while compiling a .408-or-higher on-base percentage.
Only player in history to record 30 home runs, 100 RBI, 100 runs scored and 100 walks in six consecutive seasons (1996-2001).
Only first baseman in NL history to reach the 30-30 club in home runs and stolen bases, and the only first baseman in ML history to reach this milestone twice in a career.
Ranks 3rd all-time in career assists by a first baseman with 1,704.
One of 25 players in Major League history to win both the Rookie of the Year (1991) and Most Valuable Player (1994) awards.
Only first baseman in ML history and one of 13 players all-time to reach 400 home runs and 200 stolen bases.
One of six players in history to collect 30 home runs, 100 RBI and 100 runs scored in six consecutive seasons (1996-2001). Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols are the others.
.297 career average ranks 19th all-time among players with 400 home runs, and 11th all-time among right-handed hitters with 400 home runs.
Registered an OPS above 1.000 in five different seasons.
Played 162 games in a season four times in his career; played 156 or more games in a season nine times.
Led NL first basemen in assists five times.
NL Rookie of the Year in 1991.
NL MVP in 1994. Third NL MVP ever by a unanimous vote.
Three Silver Slugger Awards.
NL Gold Glove Award in 1994.
Five-time NL Player of the Month winner; Six-time NL Player of the Week winner.
BAGWELL AMONGST HIS PEERS (1991-2005)
1,529 RBI ranked second in the Majors and first among right-handed hitters.
1,517 runs scored ranked third in the Majors.
Ranked third in the Majors in hits (2,314), walks (1,401) and extra-base hits (969).
Ranked fifth in the Majors in home runs (449) and games played (2,150).
Reached 100 RBI eight times, 100 runs scored nine times, 30 home runs eight times, 100 walks seven times, 1.000 OPS four times, .300 batting average six times.