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Bagwell: A Lock for the Hall?
Posted by Derek VanRiper at 12/15/2006 10:19:00 AM
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We'll start with the simple stats:

.297 career average, 449 homers, 202 steals....

I'd vote for him...begin any necessary debate now...


.297/.416/.540 should get him in, especially since the prime of his career was spent in the Astrodome, and his best season was cut short by the strike.
Posted by cliss at 12/15/2006 10:43:00 AM
His .226 average in the post-season could hurt, but I'd certainly vote for him. Some forget that he stole 30 bases a couple times and was a pretty good fielder.
Posted by vtadave at 12/15/2006 1:18:00 PM
If McGwire and Sosa are getting a rough ride, I can't assume any slugger from this era who weighs more than a buck-sixty is a lock, no matter how good their numbers are.
Posted by ESiegrist at 12/15/2006 2:26:00 PM
And that he had two major injuries in the prime of his career, or his overall stats might be a little better. I'd vote for him, but in this crazy era, nobody's power numbers are a sure thing.
Posted by Erickson at 12/15/2006 2:27:00 PM
And to add to Erik's comments, Mac hit 49 as a skinny kid (relatively, that is) in his first full season, and it took Bagwell almost three years to get to the same total. I'd probably vote for Bagwell too, but conditionally, based on the outcome of the other two. What's good for the goose....
Posted by arwen at 12/15/2006 4:27:00 PM
I think Bagwell's reputation, more so than the other 2, will get him a more positive view by the voters and should get him in.
Posted by schwang2u at 12/16/2006 10:52:00 PM
I haven't really looked at the numbers side-by-side or anything... but was Bagwell ever really the top 1b in the game during his career? Or even in the top three? And how hard will it be to make that list with the status of guys like McGwire and Palmeiro so uncertain?
Posted by czegers at 12/18/2006 11:48:00 AM
Yes, he was the best player in baseball in the strike-shortened season. And he was better than Palmeiro for virtually his entire career. McGwire had a few huge seasons, but Bagwell did it every year in the Astrodome during his prime. And while Bagwell might have been on the juice, McGwire was the poster boy for it.
Posted by cliss at 12/19/2006 9:10:00 PM

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