Baseball Hall of Fame 2012: Jeff Bagwell Should Have Made It

Bill FordCorrespondent IIIJanuary 10, 2012

Baseball Hall of Fame 2012: Jeff Bagwell Should Have Made It

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    All of the votes have been cast and tallied.  Barry Larkin has been elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  He deserves the honor and sincere congratulations from us all.

    Fans and analysts were surprised to hear that Larkin was the only player who received enough votes to be elected in 2012. 

    Many believed that Jeff Bagwell would be elected into baseball immortality this year, but he did not receive enough votes, once again.

    Bagwell received 56 percent of the votes.  Candidates must receive 75 percent or better to be elected.

    Rumors can have a devastating effect on a person’s life, and rumors seem to be the reason why Bagwell is being held back from his well-deserved enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.

    Although there has never been a shred of proof, many voters have the suspicion that Bagwell used steroids or some form of PED during his career with the Astros.

    Rumors can be quite powerful, though they are often false.  The power of the rumors about Bagwell using steroids or PEDs has prevented him from election into the Hall of Fame, which he earned.

    Jeff Bagwell should have received enough votes to be elected.  Take a quick look at the reasons why.

Rookie Power

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    When he was called up to the Astros, he delivered and answered the call.

    His rookie year batting average was .294 hitting 15 home runs and 80 RBI.

    He was named the National League Rookie of the Year at the end of the 1991 season.

Star Power

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    Bagwell made four All-Star appearances in 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1999.

    He was awarded a Gold Glove in 1994.

    He won three Silver Slugger awards in 1994, 1997 and 1999.

High-Value Target

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    In 1994, he was the NL MVP, batting .368.

    1994 was a shortened season due to a strike.  Even with a shortened season, he hit 39 home runs, 116 RBI and 104 runs in 400 at-bats.

Catch Him if You Can

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    Bagwell demonstrated above-average base-running speed for a first baseman.

    Over the span of his career, he stole 202 bases.

    In 1997, he stole 30 bases and hit 30 home runs in one season.  Only three other infielders in MLB history have accomplished that feat.

Slug-Fest

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    In 1994, he had a .750 slugging percentage.

    He ranked as the 11th-best in a single season in MLB history.

    He had a career batting average of .297, 449 home runs and 1,529 RBI.

A True Hall of Famer

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    Jeff Bagwell has the numbers, and he has the character of an athlete who deserves election into the Hall of Fame.

    The voters are clearly biased against him because of ridiculous suspicions of steroids or PED use.

    No proof exists, and he has adamantly denied the accusations.

    Unfortunately, he was not voted in for the 2012 induction, but he deserves serious consideration in 2013. 

    The select few who have been given the privilege to enshrine athletes should cast their votes with more integrity, and stop being swayed by rumors.

    Jeff Bagwell should be a Hall of Famer.  He deserves it in 2013.