Cooperstown Choices: Jeff Bagwell
With the Hall Of Fame election announcement coming on January 9, 2012, it is time to review the ballot, go over the names, and decide who belongs in the Hall Of Fame.
There are twenty seven men on the ballot this year and we will take a look at each one individually prior to official announcements. You can find all of the profiles in the I-70 Baseball Exclusives: Cooperstown Choices 2012 menu at the top of the page.
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In this article, we take a look at Jeff Bagwell
One of the “Killer B’s” that spent his entire fifteen year career with the Houston Astros, Jeff Bagwell was one of the National League’s premier first baseman from his debut in 1991 until his final game in 2005. Bagwell is on the ballot for the second time.
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Why He Should Get In
Bagwell’s career was littered with league leading statistics, consistent all-around play, and consideration as the premier player on his team. Bagwell was awarded the Jackie Robinson Award as the top rookie in 1991, the Most Valuable Player Award in 1994, appeared in four All Star games, won one Gold Glove, and three silver slugger awards. His home run total may clock in at 449, which many consider to low for automatic induction, but backed by 488 doubles, 202 stolen bases, and 1529 runs batted in as well as a career .297 batting average and Bagwell looks like a player that deserves to be bronzed in the halls of Cooperstown.
Why He Should Not Get In
On numbers alone, he falls short of the home run and hit totals that voters will look for. His career was cut short due to injuries, preventing him from reaching many career milestones. Though he did receive awards and recognition, it was up and down and not consistent year over year. He is from the steroid era and many raise an eyebrow due to his general size, but it should be noted that he has never been connected to performance enhancing drugs and that should not be a factor.
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