Jeff Bagwell and the Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell: Peter Gammons writes with passion that Jeff Bagwell needs to get into the Hall of Fame. Immediately.” … His .297/.540/.408 should be an automatic pass key, as every eligible player with .290/.500/.400 is already in the Hall. Bagwell scored 1,517 runs and knocked in 1,529. Every eligible player with 1,500 runs and 1,500 RBIs is already in Cooperstown. The other 15 players who hit the 1,500/1,500 level for one team are all in the Hall … fourth on the career Wins Above Replacement list among first basemen, behind Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Albert Pujols.” Who can argue with that? It’s too bad I just went to Youtube to look for some of his career highlights – that compact, powerful swing! – and came up empty. [MLB.com]

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