Former Astros All-Star first baseman Jeff Bagwell is among 19 new candidates eligible for election into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Results of this year's vote will be announced on Jan. 5 on MLB.com, with the induction ceremony in Cooperstown scheduled for July 24.
This is the first time Bagwell has been on the Hall of Fame ballot. In his 15 Major League seasons (1991-2005), all in an Astros uniform, Bagwell compiled a .297 batting average with 449 home runs and 1,529 RBIs while posting a .408 on-base percentage and a .540 slugging percentage. He is the Houston franchise leader in home runs, RBIs, batting average and walks, and he ranks second in club history in games, runs, hits, doubles, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
In 1994, Bagwell became just the third player in history to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award by a unanimous vote after hitting .368 with 39 home runs, 116 RBIs, a .750 slugging percentage, a .451 on-base percentage and a career-high 1.201 OPS. Bagwell was a four-time All-Star, earned three Silver Slugger Awards, a Rawlings Gold Glove Award and remains the only first baseman in NL history to reach the 30-30 club in home runs and stolen bases in a season, which he did twice in his career.
HOW BAGWELL MEASURES UP ALL-TIME
.948 career OPS ranks 22nd in Major League history and 10th among right-handed hitters. Four of the nine right-handed hitters ranked ahead of him are in the Hall of Fame, while four others are not yet eligible for induction.
.408 career on-base percentage ranks 15th all-time among right-handed hitters and ninth all-time among first basemen (third among right-handed first basemen).
Is one of just 12 players in baseball history to hit at least 400 home runs while compiling a .408-or-higher on-base percentage.
Is the only first baseman in NL history to reach the 30-30 club in home runs and stolen bases, and the only first baseman in MLB history to reach this milestone twice in a career.
Is just the eighth player in Major League history to win both the Rookie of the Year (1991) and Most Valuable Player (1994) Awards.
Is the only first baseman in MLB history and one of 12 players all-time to reach 400 home runs and 200 stolen bases.
Is one of five players in history to collect 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored in six consecutive seasons (1996-2001). Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth and Albert Pujols are the others.
Is the only player in history to record 30 home runs, 100 RBIs, 100 runs scored and 100 walks in six consecutive seasons (1996-2001).
.297 career average ranks 18th all-time among players with 400 home runs, and 10th all-time among right-handed hitters with 400 home runs.
Among his peers (1991-2005)
1,529 RBIs 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 RBIs 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.
Finished in the top 10 of the NL MVP voting five times.
From 1994-2003, led all first basemen in hits, runs, walks, extra-base hits, doubles and stolen bases, ranked second in games and RBIs and third in home runs.
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