Jeff Bagwell is a name that people in baseball remember fondly. Bagwell had a lot of success during his career in the league. The first baseman was one of the top players on the Houston Astros when he played for them.
In 2017 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and he is still the only player in the MLB to accomplish an impressive stat.
Jeff Bagwell’s MLB career
When Bagwell started his professional career, he was not a member of the Astros. The Boston Red Sox selected Bagwell in the fourth round of the 1989 MLB draft. He spent some time in the Red Sox’s farm system, and in 1990, he was traded to the Astros.
In 1991 he made his MLB debut with the Astros and had a successful season. He won the NL Rookie of the Year that year. Bagwell batted .294, hit 15 home runs with 82 RBIs. He instantly became a fan favorite in Houston and would on get better as his career went on.
Just three years after his rookie season, Bagwell was named the NL MVP in 1994. That season he batted .368 hitting 39 home runs with 116 RBIs. That season he was also named to his first all-star game. In just three seasons, Bagwell took his game to the next level, and he put in the hard work to become the MVP. The Astros made the right move when they acquired Bagwell. Not only did Bagwell win the MVP award, but he also won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award.
Bagwell possessed all the necessary tools to be one of the top baseball players in the game. He would help the Astros make multiple postseason runs and even a World Series appearance.
Only player in MLB history to do this
When Bagwell was playing, there was a time where he accomplished something that no other MLB player has done. He had six consecutive seasons with 30 home runs, 100 RBIs, 100 runs scored, and 100 walks. He did that from 1996-2001.
When you look at that, it shows how consistent he was, especially during those years. Bagwell had power and a good eye at the plate. Pitchers had tough times facing Bagwell. He brought confidence when he stepped to the plate, and he was a selective hitter too. There’s a reason he won the NL MVP award and also multiple Silver Slugger awards.
Jeff Bagwell’s successful career
Bagwell spent his entire 15 seasons playing for the Astros. He finished his career with a .297 batting average with 2,314 hits, 449 home runs, and 1,529 RBIs. His career ended in 2005, and two years later, the Astros retired his No.5 jersey.
When the Astros retired Bagwell’s jersey, that was a well-deserved recognition and accomplishment. Not everyone gets an honor like that. Getting your jersey retired means that the team respects and honors what a person did for that organization. That’s exactly how Houston saw Bagwell. The moment he came in as a rookie, he displayed the talent and skillset to have a successful MLB career. That is why he is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.