Best All-Time Astros Hitter
#1: Jeff Bagwell by Colin Gay
There is not enough time to explain what Jeff Bagwell has done for this Houston Astros organization.
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In one of the most lopsided trades of all time, the Red Sox received middle reliever Larry Anderson for a future four-time All Star, three time Silver Slugger, Gold Glove award winner, NL Rookie of the Year, NL MVP, and future Hall of Famer (we hope). Jeff Bagwell has not only been the best hitter in Astros history but also has brought this team back into relevance.
Bagwell may be the most complete players that Astros have ever had. He is in the top 5 in Astros history for all of the major hitting categories and first in home runs and RBI’s with 449 and 1529 respectively. He has eclipsed the 40 home run mark three times and has driven in more than 125 RBI’s four times.
One of the qualities of his game that got overlooked was his ability to steal bases. He is sixth in Astros history with 202 stolen bases including two seasons with 30 stolen bases or more.
Another unbelievable feat that Bagwell achieved during his 15-year career was that he stayed relatively healthy his entire career. Second in Astros history with 2150 games played, Bagwell played all 162 in four seasons in his career and averaged about 143 games played per season. This stat is skewed by his injury-plagued 2005 season in which he played only 39 games.
Bagwell became eligible to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011 and has made the steady climb to try and get 75% of the writers’ votes. In the 2016 vote, Bagwell received his highest percentage to date with 71.6% of the votes.
With all of the accomplishments Bagwell has done in his 15-year career, there should be no question whether he is a Hall of Famer or not. It is just taking a couple of years for the writers to realize this.