Currently, Bagwell is the Houston Astros all time Home Run and RBI leader. Bagwell finished with a career Home Run tally of 449; which was especially impressive considering that the bulk of his career took place in the cavernous Astrodome. Throughout the 1990’s, Jeff Bagwell was among the games most offensive minded first base baseman. He had power, decent speed, and was capable defensively. He was a popular player and was able to net the National League MVP Award in 1994.
As consistent as was in the 90’s, Arthritis caught up to Bagwell early in his career. His numbers started to decline in 2002, and by 2005 his shoulder rendered him a liability as opposed to an asset. He retired at the age of 37 and had arthritis not retired him, his career stats would have been padded significantly. As such he finished with over 2,300 career hits in a fifteen year career. Bagwell’s career numbers may seem at first on the bubble but with the great individual seasons he had before the steroid era we initially felt that he could have been a first ballot inductee. He did receive a healthy percentage in his first year, it should only be a matter of time before he gets in.