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Encyclopedia > Jeff Bagwell
Jeff Bagwell
First Base
Born: May 27, 1968 (1968-05-27) (age 39)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 8, 1991
for the Houston Astros
Final game
October 2, 2005
for the Houston Astros
Career statistics
Batting Average     .297
Home Runs     449
Runs Batted In     1,529
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • NL MVP: 1994
  • NL Rookie of the Year: 1991
  • NL All-Star: 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999
  • Gold Glove Award (1B): 1994
  • Silver Slugger Awards (1B): 1994, 1997, 1999
  • Houston Astros Career Leader in Home Runs (449), RBI (1,529), Walks (1,401), Runs Created (1,715), Sacrifice Flies (102) and Intentional Walks (155).
  • Holds Houston Astros single season records for Batting Average (.368 in 1994), On-base percentage (.454 in 1999), Slugging Percentage (.750 in 1994), OPS (1.201 in 1994), Runs (152 in 2000), Total Bases (363 in 2000), Home Runs (47 in 2000), Walks (149 in 1999), Times on Base (331 in 1999), Intentional Walks (27 in 1997) and At Bats per Home Run (10.3 in 1994)
  • Ranks 44th on MLB Career On-base percentage List (.408)
  • Ranks 34th on MLB Career Slugging Percentage List (.540)
  • Ranks 23rd on MLB Career OPS List (.948)
  • Ranks 54th on MLB Career Runs List (1,517)
  • Ranks 56th on MLB Career Total Bases List (4,213)
  • Ranks 52nd on MLB Career Doubles List (488)
  • Ranks 33rd on MLB Career Home Runs List (449)
  • Ranks 41st on MLB Career RBI List (1,529)
  • Ranks 24th on MLB Career Walks List (1,401)
  • Ranks 33rd on MLB Career Runs Created List (1,715)
  • Ranks 31st on MLB Career Extra-Base Hits List (969)
  • Ranks 46th on MLB Career Times on Base List (3,843)
  • Ranks 32nd on MLB Career Hit By Pitch List (128)
  • Ranks 23rd on MLB Career Sacrifice Flies List (102)
  • Ranks 33rd on MLB Career Intentional Walks List (155)
  • Ranks 52nd on MLB Career At Bats per Home Run List (17.4)

Jeffrey Robert Bagwell (born May 27, 1968) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman, who spent his entire major league baseball career with the Houston Astros. After retirement as a player, he remains with the Astros as an assistant to the General Manager. The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... is the 147th day of the year (148th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40, 42, 49, 5 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... is the 275th day of the year (276th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40, 42, 49, 5 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, with Carew becoming the 22nd player to be named in his first year of eligibility. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... Silver Slugger Award In Major League Baseball, the Louisville Silver Slugger award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in each league. ... is the 147th day of the year (148th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40, 42, 49, 5 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ...

Contents

Early life

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Bagwell grew up in Killingworth, Connecticut. He graduated from Xavier High School, a private Catholic school located in Middletown, Connecticut, where he excelled at soccer as well as baseball. His former coaches have said that he was a better soccer player than a baseball player, but was an all-around phenomenal athlete. After high school, he remained in Connecticut, attending the University of Hartford. Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Settled 1630 Incorporated (city) 1822 Government  - Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area  - City  89. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... Killingworth is a town in Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States. ... Xavier High School is an all-boys Catholic high school run by the Xaverian Brothers. ... Catholic schools are education ministries of the Roman Catholic Church. ... Nickname: Forest City Coordinates: NECTA Hartford Region Midstate Region Incorporated (town) 1651 Incorporated (city) 1784 Consolidated 1923 Government type Mayor-council Mayor Sebastian N. Giuliano Area    - City 42. ... The University of Hartford, often called UHA or UHart, was founded in 1877, and is a private, independent, and nonsectarian coeducational university located in West Hartford, Connecticut. ...


Playing career

Red Sox prospect

Bagwell was selected in the 4th round of the 1989 draft by the Boston Red Sox. On August 30, 1990 the Red Sox traded him to the Houston Astros for 36-year old relief pitcher Larry Andersen to gear up for their playoff run. That trade is now regarded as one of the most one-sided of all time. Although Andersen pitched well down the stretch in 1990 (allowing three runs in 22 innings of relief) and helped the Red Sox win the AL East division title on the last day of the season, Boston was swept in the American League Championship Series and then lost Andersen to free agency (in part because of a so-called collusion settlement). Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Larry Eugene Andersen (born May 6, 1953 in Portland, Oregon) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Look up collusion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Bagwell had been considered a good prospect, but his route to the majors was blocked by established Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs and prospects Mo Vaughn, Scott Cooper and Tim Naehring. Wade Anthony Boggs (born June 15, 1958 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball, primarily with the Boston Red Sox, whose hitting in the 1980s and 1990s dominated the American League in much the same way as his National League contemporary Tony Gwynn. ... Maurice Samuel Mo Vaughn (born December 15, 1967 in Norwalk, Connecticut), nicknamed Hit Dog, (a nickname given to him by his Omega Psi Phi fraternity brothers at Seton Hall University) was a Major League Baseball first baseman from 1991 to 2003. ... Scott Cooper was a two-time MLB All-Star third baseman for the Boston Red Sox. ... Timothy James Naehring (born February 1, 1967 in Cincinnati, Ohio) was a Major League Baseball infielder who spent his entire injury-plagued 8-year career (1990-1997) with the Boston Red Sox. ...


Houston Astros

Bagwell blossomed in Houston, becoming one of the best players in Astros franchise history. Bagwell spent his 15-year career in a Houston uniform and, along with teammate Craig Biggio, was synonymous with the Astros throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s. Craig Alan Biggio (born December 14, 1965 in Smithtown, New York) is a seven-time All-Star Major League baseball player who has played his entire career with the Houston Astros. ...


Bagwell hit and threw right-handed. His batting style was exaggerated and unusual; he actually stepped back with his front foot as he began his swing. Bagwell had a unique wide-open, crouched stance, which started in a low position with his knees bent, looking somewhat as if he were sitting on an invisible bench. Sliding his front foot backward, he would rise from his stance and swing.


Developed as a third baseman, he was shifted to first base during spring training because the Astros already had an established third baseman in Ken Caminiti. Debuting on opening day, Bagwell hit .294 with 15 home runs and 82 RBI, led the 1991 Astros in several offensive categories, and was named the 1991 National League Rookie of the Year. The position of the third baseman “Third base” redirects here. ... Kenneth Gene Caminiti (April 21, 1963 – October 10, 2004) was an American third baseman in Major League Baseball. ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ...


The best year in Bagwell's professional career was the strike-shortened 1994 season when he was unanimously named National League Most Valuable Player after batting .368 with 39 home runs, 116 runs batted in and 104 runs scored, in just 400 at-bats. He became the first National Leaguer to finish first or second in batting average, home runs, RBI, and runs scored since Willie Mays in 1955. His .750 slugging percentage in 1994 ranks as the 11th best single-season mark in major league history. Bagwell's hand was broken by a pitch on August 10, just before the players' strike began; had the season continued, he would likely have missed the remainder of the year and would not have won the MVP. But because of the timing of his "lucky break," Bagwell became just the fourth player in National League history to win the award unanimously. Bagwell was also the runner-up for the 1999 MVP, and was third in 1997. In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... In baseball, a run is scored when a player advances safely around all three bases and returns safely to home plate. ... William Howard Mays, Jr. ... In baseball statistics, slugging average (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ... is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Bagwell's unique stance made him vulnerable to inside pitches. His left hand was broken by pitches in 1993, 1994, and 1995. But rather than change his successful style, he began wearing a heavily-padded protective batting glove.


Bagwell had nine seasons with over 30 home runs, eight seasons with 100 or more RBI, and nine seasons with over 100 runs scored. In six consecutive years, from 1996 through 2001, he reached all three marks in every season. He drew at least 100 walks for seven straight seasons, and had six seasons with a .300 batting average.


Bagwell was also considered a strong fielder, winning a Gold Glove award in 1994, and compiling a career .993 fielding percentage. He also exhibited above-average speed and baserunning skills for a first baseman, stealing 202 bases over his career, including two seasons (1997, 1999) in which he stole at least 30 bases, and five seasons (1994, 1996-99) in which he stole at least 15. In 1997, he became the first full-time first baseman to steal 30 bases while hitting 30 home runs.


Bagwell was teammates with Craig Biggio for the entirety of his major league career. While Derek Bell was on the team from 1995-1999, the trio was sometimes called "The Killer B's." The nickname was later revived to include Lance Berkman and Carlos Beltran. Derek Nathaniel Bell (born December 11, 1968 in Tampa, Florida) is a former Major League Baseball player. ... William Lance Berkman (born February 10, 1976 in Waco, Texas) is a Major League Baseball player for the Houston Astros. ... Carlos Beltr n (born April 24, 1977) is a Major League Baseball player for the New York Mets. ...


In 2001, Bagwell signed a five-year extension with Houston. By 2005, Bagwell was the seventh highest-paid player in the sport, receiving $18 million in the fourth year of the deal. However, shortly after the season began, a persistent arthritic condition in his shoulder sidelined him for three-quarters of the season. This same condition, which began to affect him in 2001, turned the former Golden Glove winner into a defensive liability at first base, forcing him to "push" the ball instead of throwing it. Teams began taking advantage of Bagwell's defensive weakness caused by the arthritic condition. As the condition worsened, Bagwell's offensive production became affected, as well, therefore pressure mounted to bench the perennial All-Star. Although unable to throw, Bagwell was reactivated in September 2005 as a pinch hitter and played a small but symbolic role in the Astros' successful drive to capture the National League pennant. Bagwell was the Astros' designated hitter in the first two games of the World Series versus the Chicago White Sox, and a pinch hitter in the two games played in Houston. Arthritis (from Greek arthro-, joint + -itis, inflammation; plural: arthritides) is a group of conditions where there is damage caused to the joints of the body. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Health issues

On January 23, 2006, the Astros indicated that they would file a claim on an insurance policy on Bagwell's health, to collect approximately $15.6 million of the $17 million in salary Bagwell was owed for the 2006 season. Because of the language of the policy, the Astros could not release Bagwell without losing their settlement, nor could Bagwell take the field. The decision effectively eliminated Bagwell's chances of playing again in the major leagues. is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Nonetheless, Bagwell still reported to spring training hoping he could contribute in some way during the upcoming 2006 campaign, and to test his own injured body. He wanted his play to determine his status, not the particulars of the Astros' insurance policy. Bagwell played several games with the Astros in spring training, batting .219 with two RBI. He never had to make any throws that were difficult enough to put notable stress on his shoulder, since the other infielders shifted toward him when they were playing. As expected, the Astros put him on the 15-day disabled list in late March. Bagwell said that he was only in good enough condition to play every several days, rather than every day. [1] Bagwell was paid the full amount of his contract, and that was never at issue. The Astros and the insurance company settled the claim the same day Bagwell announced his retirement.[2]


The Astros declined to pick up the $18 million club option for 2007, instead buying Bagwell out for $7 million. Bagwell filed for free agency in November 2006, but announced his retirement one month later. Astros owner Drayton McLane and general manager Tim Purpura announced that Bagwell would remain in the Astros organization, in the player development department, as one of the Assistants to the General Manager. [3]


Bagwell made his first public appearance at Minute Maid Park since the end of his career on June 28, 2007, when he was pulled out of the Astros dugout after the 7th inning by his former teammate and long-time friend Craig Biggio, who had just logged his 3000th career hit. Biggio wanted Bagwell to be with him "between the lines one more time" and to share the achievement and appreciation from the hometown Houston fans. is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Craig Alan Biggio (born December 14, 1965 in Smithtown, New York) is a seven-time All-Star Major League baseball player who has played his entire career with the Houston Astros. ... In Major League Baseball, the 3000 hit club is an informal term applied to the group of players who have made 3000 or more career base hits. ...


Number Retirement

The Houston Astros retired his number 5 jersey on Sunday, August 26, 2007 in a game versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bagwell will be the eighth player in Astros history to have his number retired. Most recently, Jimmy Wynn's No. 24 was retired in 2005. [4]. is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers... James Sherman Jimmy Wynn (born March 12, 1942 in Hamilton, Ohio), nicknamed The Toy Cannon, is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, and Milwaukee Brewers. ...


Career Statistics

Jeff Bagwell career statistics
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG HBP
1991 156 554 79 163 26 4 15 82 75 116 7 .387 .437 .294 13
1992 162 586 87 160 34 6 18 96 84 97 10 .368 .444 .273 12
1993 142 535 76 171 37 4 20 88 62 73 13 .388 .516 .320 3
1994 110 400 104 147 32 2 39 116 65 65 15 .451 .750 .368 4
1995 114 448 88 130 29 0 21 87 79 102 12 .399 .496 .290 6
1996 162 568 111 179 48 2 31 120 135 114 21 .451 .570 .315 10
1997 162 566 109 162 40 2 43 135 127 122 31 .425 .592 .286 16
1998 147 540 124 164 33 1 34 111 109 90 19 .424 .557 .304 7
1999 162 562 143 171 35 0 42 126 149 127 30 .454 .591 .304 11
2000 159 590 152 183 37 1 47 132 107 116 9 .424 .615 .310 15
2001 161 600 126 173 43 4 39 130 106 135 11 .397 .568 .288 6
2002 158 571 94 166 33 2 31 98 101 130 7 .401 .518 .291 10
2003 160 605 109 168 28 2 39 100 88 119 11 .373 .524 .278 6
2004 156 572 104 152 29 2 27 89 96 131 6 .377 .465 .266 8
2005 39 100 11 25 4 0 3 19 18 21 0 .358 .380 .250 1
Career 2150 7797 1517 2314 488 32 449 1529 1401 1558 202 .408 .540 .297 128

Highlights

  • NL MVP: 1994
  • NL Rookie of the Year: 1991
  • NL All-Star: 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999
  • Gold Glove Award (1B): 1994
  • Silver Slugger Awards (1B): 1994, 1997, 1999
  • Houston Astros Career Leader in Home Runs (449), RBI (1,529), Walks (1,401), Runs Created (1,715), Sacrifice Flies (102) and Intentional Walks (155).
  • Holds Houston Astros single season records for Batting Average (.368 in 1994), On-base percentage (.454 in 1999), Slugging Percentage (.750 in 1994), OPS (1.201 in 1994), Runs (152 in 2000), Total Bases (363 in 2000), Home Runs (47 in 2000), Walks (149 in 1999), Times on Base (331 in 1999), Intentional Walks (27 in 1997) and At Bats per Home Run (10.3 in 1994)
  • Bagwell's best seasons took place in the pitcher-friendly Astrodome, making his numbers even more impressive.
  • Baseball statistician Bill James, in his New Historical Baseball Abstract, listed Bagwell as the fourth best first baseman of all time, perhaps beginning the former Astros first baseman's trip to Cooperstown.

In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... Silver Slugger Award In Major League Baseball, the Louisville Silver Slugger award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in each league. ... The Reliant Astrodome, formerly just the Astrodome, is a domed sports stadium in Houston, Texas, and is part of the Reliant Park complex. ... George William “Bill” James (born October 5, 1949 in Holton, Kansas) is a baseball writer, historian and statistician whose work has been widely influential. ...

Trivia

  • Bagwell was born on the identical day-- May 27, 1968-- as Toronto Blue Jays DH Frank Thomas. The two have also had notably similar careers. [5] [6]Each was named MVP of his respective league in 1994. The pair faced each other in the World Series in 2005, though Thomas was injured and inactive, while Bagwell's injuries kept his playing time to a minimum.
  • In 1995, Bagwell broke up a no-hitter bid by Greg Maddux with an eighth-inning home run.
  • In 1996, Bagwell became only the second player to hit two balls into the upper deck of Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium. Pirates slugger Willie Stargell, with much greater opportunity, had been the first.
  • On September 18th, 2004, Bagwell became the first Houston Astro and the 29th player in Major League Baseball history to have 1500 runs and 1500 RBIs in a career. He accomplished both marks in the same game.
  • The Boston Red Sox chose Mo Vaughn in the first round of the 1989 draft ahead of Bagwell. It is the only time in history that a team selected two future MVPs in the same draft.

is the 147th day of the year (148th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Other nicknames The Jays Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989–present) a. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Frank Edward Thomas (born May 27, 1968 in Columbus, Georgia) is an American Major League Baseball player for the Toronto Blue Jays, nicknamed The Big Hurt. Frank Thomas became one of baseballs biggest stars in the 1990s, playing for the Chicago White Sox. ... Gregory Alan Maddux (born April 14, 1966) is a pitcher for the San Diego Padres. ... Three Rivers Stadium was a multi-purpose sports stadium and event facility located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1970 through 2000. ... Wilver Dornell Willie Stargell (March 6, 1940 – April 9, 2001), nicknamed Pops in the later years of his career, was a professional baseball player who played his entire Major League career (1962-1982) with the Pittsburgh Pirates as an outfielder and first baseman. ...

See also

In the sport of baseball, a home run is the act of hitting the ball in such a manner, whether out of the park or in (see inside the park home run), that allows the batter to safely reach home and score in one play. ... Below is the list of Major League Baseball players who have reached the 2,000 hit milestone. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of Major League Baseball all-time leaders in doubles. ... Below is the list of 295 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 Runs milestone. ... Below is the list of 252 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 RBI milestone. ... Alfonso Soriano has another 30-30 season in 2005. ... Eric Davis hit for the cycle in 1989 In baseball, a player hits for the cycle when he hits a single, a double, a triple and a home run in the same game, though not necessarily in that order. ... Major League Baseball recognizes runs batted in champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Major League Baseball recognizes runs scored champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Listed below are the occurrences of Major League Baseball players who have hit three home runs in a single game. ...

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