10 years ago this week, Jeff Bagwell retired from the Houston Astros – Chron.com
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Jeff Bagwell is the only first baseman with 400 home runs and 200 stolen bases in his career. He finished with 449 home runs.
It was 10 years ago this week that Houston Astros slugger and fan favorite Jeff Bagwell called it a career in the Bayou City after 15 seasons as an Astro.
A bad right shoulder sidelined him for the 2006 season, ending his year in spring training. Age, wear and tear caught up with Bagwell, who turned 38 years old earlier that year.
FROM 2006: Astros great Bagwell officially retires
Since 2001 his arthritic shoulder had held him back on the playing field, finally necessitating surgery midway through the 2005 season. He played a supporting role in the team’s march to the World Series.
Bagwell closed out his career as a .297 hitter with 449 home runs, 1,529 RBIs and 202 steals in 2,150 games. The 1991 National League Rookie of the Year and 1994 NL Most Valuable Player, the first baseman was one of only a handful of players to hit 400 homers and steal 200 bases.
In Aug. 2007 his No. 5 was retired by the Astros at a special pre-game event at Minute Maid Park.
Next month Astros fans will find out if Bags will follow his friend and longtime teammate Craig Biggio into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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Bagwell is one of 34 players on the 2017 Baseball Writers' Association of America Hall of Fame ballot. Bagwell missed election by only 15 votes last year, when Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were elected for induction.
Results will be announced Jan. 18 with induction scheduled for July 30 in Cooperstown, New York.
Bagwell remains one of the most beloved Astros to ever don the uniform and to this day fans that grew up watching him play can rattle off their favorite moments from a career that began with a trade with the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Larry Anderson.
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Bagwell made his first major league roster with the Astros for opening day in 1991, then won the National League Rookie of the Year award. From then on he was one of the titans of Houston baseball.
It wasn’t hard in the early ‘90s to visit a Little League baseball diamond on any given afternoon and see a handful of half-pints trying out his crouched batting stance, their tiny wrists covered in sweatbands.
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Craig Hlavaty is a freelance writer for chron.com and the Houston Chronicle.


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