Signed in blue ballpoint pen on the sweet spot
Jeffrey Robert Bagwell (born May 27, 1968) is an American former professional baseball first baseman and coach who spent his entire fifteen-year Major League Baseball (MLB) playing career with the Houston Astros. Originally, the Boston Red Sox selected him from the University of Hartford as a third baseman in the fourth round of the 1989 amateur draft. The Red Sox traded Bagwell to the Astros in 1990; the next season he made his MLB debut and was named the National League (NL) Rookie of the Year. The NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1994, Bagwell was also a four-time MLB All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger Award winner and a Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipient. Forming a core part of Astros lineups with Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman given the epithet "Killer B's," Houston finished in first or second place in the National League Central division in 11 of 12 seasons from 1994–2005, qualifying for the playoffs six times, and culminating in Bagwell's lone World Series appearance in 2005.
Bagwell was part of the trade that sent relief pitcher Larry Andersen to the Red Sox, now regarded as one of the worst trades in sports history. Anderson pitched just 22 innings for Boston while Bagwell hit 449 home runs for the Astros, the most in club history, among setting numerous other franchise career and single-season records. He excelled at every major aspect of the game, including hitting, on-base ability, running, defense, and throwing. Bagwell is the only player in MLB history to achieve six consecutive seasons (1996–2001) with each of 30 home runs, 100 runs batted in (RBI), 100 runs scored, and 100 walks. He just one of 12 players in history to hit 400 home runs and record an on-base percentage (OBP) of .400, and the only first baseman with at least 400 home runs and 200 stolen bases. Overall, Bagwell batted over .300 six times, had a career OBP of .408 (39th all-time) and a slugging percentage of .540 (32nd all-time). He was a two-time member of the 30–30 club, the only first baseman to achieve those figures more than once. At his position, he was eleventh all-time in games played and third in assists. His 79.6 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) per Baseball-Reference.com rank sixth all-time among first basemen.