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Jeff Bagwell | First Baseman

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (50) / 5/27/1968
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Hartford
Drafted: 1989 / Rd. 4 (0) / BOS

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Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to the 2017 class of the Baseball Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.
Bagwell and Raines both just missed out on making the Hall of Fame last season. Better times in 2017, particularly for Raines, who was in his final year on the ballot. He joins the hall having hit .294/.385/.425 with 170 homers, 980 RBI and 808 steals across 23 major league seasons. He amassed six seasons of at least 70 steals. For his part, Bagwell played his entire career with the Astros and slugged 449 home runs while driving in 1,529 runs across 15 campaigns in the bigs. He was a career .297/.408/.540 hitter. Pudge Rodriguez is something of a surprise entrant, here, joining Johnny Bench as the only catcher to be inducted on the first ballot. The longtime Rangers backstop finished out his time in the majors holding a career batting line of .296/.334/.464 to go along with 311 homers and 1,332 RBI. Just missing the cut were Trevor Hoffman (74%) and Vladimir Guerrero (71.7%). They will hope for better luck in 2018. Wed, Jan 18, 2017 06:09:00 PM

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The Astros reached a settlement Thursday with the insurance company it filed a lawsuit against after it denied the club's claim to recoup a portion of Jeff Bagwell's salary from 2006.

The details of the settlement are confidential. The Astros asked Connecticut General Life Insurance to pay $15.6 million of the $17 million that Bagwell is owed last season. If they recovered a lot of that money, it could give them the cash to either re-sign Aubrey Huff or go after Jeff Suppan.
Sat, Dec 16, 2006 11:44:00 AM

Astros announced the retirement of first baseman Jeff Bagwell.

Bagwell didn't finish with 500 homers or a .300 average, but he needs to go into the Hall of Fame, probably on the first ballot. In 15 seasons, he hit .297/.408/.540 with 449 homers, 1.529 RBI and 1,517 runs scored. His OPS ranks 24th all-time, and much of his production came in the Astrodome, a pitcher's park. Over a two-season span in 1999-2000, he hit 89 homers, scored 295 runs and drove in 262. His 152 runs in 2000 is the highest total anyone's managed since Lou Gehrig in 1936. However, he was at his absolute best in 1994, hitting .368/.451/.750 with 116 RBI in 110 games before a broken hand ended his season even before the strike could. He was the unanimous MVP that year anyway, and he also finished second in 1999 and third in 1997.
Fri, Dec 15, 2006 12:05:00 PM

According to, Jeff Bagwell is a little over a week away from making his retirement official.

It seems Bagwell wants to time his retirement announcement with the finalization of his personal services contract with the Astros. An announcement will likely come Dec. 15, upon club owner Drayton McLane's return from a business trip.
Wed, Dec 6, 2006 08:25:00 PM

According to USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale, the Orioles inquired about whether Jeff Bagwell would be interested in becoming their designated hitter.

Agent Barry Axelrod told the team that Bagwell is still planning to retire.
Mon, Dec 4, 2006 11:04:00 PM

Jeff Bagwell filed for free agency on Saturday, but he likely will announce his retirement in the near future.

Bagwell and the Astros are in the process of agreeing upon a personal-services contract that will keep the future Hall of Famer in the organization in some capacity.
Sat, Nov 11, 2006 08:25:00 PM

While Jeff Bagwell doesn't seem himself playing for a team other than Houston, he isn't quite ready to announce his retirement.

"If I were to say I was going to retire it would be as a group effort," Bagwell said. "If the time is right I will do it in a big deal. Right now it's the first part of the process." Astros owner Drayton McLane and GM Tim Purpura made it clear to Bagwell they want him to stay active with the organization as an instructor or coach.
Wed, Nov 1, 2006 09:40:00 AM

Astros declined first baseman Jeff Bagwell's $18 million option for 2007.

He gets a $7 million buyout. Bagwell still holds out some hope of playing again, but it's not going to happen with the Astros, as there's still some lingering bad blood from how his situation was handled this spring. "Jeff had an outstanding career with the Astros," GM Tim Purpura said Tuesday. "Jeff's legacy with the Astros is truly legendary." He's the franchise's all-time leader in homers, RBI and walks, and only Lance Berkman, whose decline phase is probably at least a couple of more years away, tops him in average, OBP and slugging.
Tue, Oct 31, 2006 04:20:00 PM

The Astros are expected next week to decline the 2007 option on 1B Jeff Bagwell.

Bags missed all of the 2006 season with a shoulder injury. The Astros will have to pay $7 million to buy out the $18 million Bagwell would be due next year. He still hopes to play again in the majors, but his future remains very uncertain. He'll likely finish his 16-year career in Houston with a .297 average, 449 HR and two 30-30 campaigns.
Sat, Oct 28, 2006 09:15:00 AM

Astros transferred first baseman Jeff Bagwell from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

The 60-day mark is already here, so Bagwell is eligible to return now. However, it remains unclear whether he'll spend any time on the active roster this season.
Fri, Jun 2, 2006 06:24:00 PM

Jeff Bagwell hasn't officially decided on shoulder surgery, though he'd leaning toward having his bone spurs removed.

Right now, Bagwell is just taking it easy. "We talked about taking a month or so to try to strengthen my shoulder and try to see how my shoulder reacted to non-baseball things," Bagwell said. "Not throwing a baseball, not hitting a baseball every day." A return to the Astros is viewed as unlikely for Bagwell, though the 37-year-old still hasn't ruled out playing this year.
Thu, Apr 20, 2006 04:00:00 PM

The Astros have filed a lawsuit against Connecticut General Life Insurance, claiming breach of contract because the insurer denied the Astros' claim to recoup $15.6 million of injured first baseman Jeff Bagwell's $17 million contract.

It was only a matter of time. The Astros filed their insurance claim late in January, a few days prior to the Jan. 31 deadline. On March 28, Connecticut General rejected the claim, contending Bagwell had not become more disabled since he played in the World Series in October 2005. Bagwell has since had another shoulder surgery and isn't likely to play this year.
Mon, Apr 17, 2006 07:00:00 PM

The Astros have been told they cannot collect on the insurance policy they hold on disabled first baseman Jeff Bagwell's $17 million salary for this year.

It sounds like a court case is brewing over the $15.6 million the Astros hoped to get back. Connecticut General Life Insurance Company has declared that Bagwell was able to play. "On March 13, 2006, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company notified the Houston Astros that it had denied a total disability claim submitted by the Astros relating to Jeff Bagwell," said attorney Ty Buthod, a partner at the Houston law firm of Baker Botts. "The company determined that there had been no adverse change in Mr. Bagwell's condition or ability to play baseball between the end of last season, when he was an active member of the roster, and January 31, 2006, the date the policy expired. The company carefully reviewed the claim as submitted by the Astros and determined that the claim did not support a finding of total disability." If there's no insurance money coming anyway, then there's a better chance that Bagwell will return as a bench player at some point during the seaso
Mon, Mar 27, 2006 11:27:00 PM

Astros placed first baseman Jeff Bagwell on the 15-day disabled list with bone spurs in his right shoulder.

The Astros haven't confirmed that Bagwell will undergo surgery, but it's expected that he will. Bagwell will need to spend the entire season on the DL for the Astros to collect their $15.6 million in insurance money. Our guess is that he will.
Sat, Mar 25, 2006 09:26:00 PM

Jeff Bagwell announced Saturday that he's going on the disabled list and will have surgery to remove bone spurs from his shoulder as "a last resort" to see if he can play again, his agent, Barry Axelrod, told

Bagwell was told by his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, that he has numerous degenerative bone spurs in his shoulder that need to be removed, Axelrod said. But doctors were concerned that removing them during his previous shoulder surgery could cause problems that would slow or prevent his recovery. Bagwell, at this point, believes he has nothing to lose. So "the next alternative, and the last resort, is to take the bone spurs out and see if it relieves the pain," Axelrod said. If it works, maybe Bagwell return as a part-time player in a couple of months. It might be more likely that this is the end for the future Hall of Famer.
Sat, Mar 25, 2006 01:49:00 PM

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