1991 - 2005
1991 - 2005 Houston Astros
In 1990, in an effort to strengthen their bullpen for the pennant run, the Boston Red Sox traded the 22 year old first baseman Jeff Bagwell to the Houston Astros for reliever Larry Anderson.
Andersen pitched 22 innings in 15 games for the Sox, posting a 1.23 ERA. The team were swept in the ALCS and Andersen was pitching for San Diego the following season.
Bagwell, on the other hand, was the 1991 NL Rookie of the Year. Three years later, he was the MVP. When he retired after the Astros’ loss in the 2005 World Series, he had hit 449 home runs, collected 2300 hits with a .297 BA, driven in 1500 runs, won a Gold Glove, three Silver Slugger Awards and been named to four All-Star Games.
He hit 30 home runs in eight straight seasons. His performance both offensively and defensively declined sharply towards the end of his career.
When the Astros reached the World Series in 2005, Bagwell was hardly playing, and when he did, he played poorly (his average, OBP and SLG were by far the lowest of his career). In the playoffs that year, he hit just .182 with a sole RBI and Houston were swept by the Chicago White Sox.