During the strike-shortened 1994 MLB season, Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell was a monster. He won the National League most valuable player award, received Gold Glove and Silver Slugger honors, and was named to the All-Star team. In just 110 games, Bagwell hit. 368 with 39 home runs, 116 RBI and a 1.201 on-base plus slugging percentage. In turn, Bagwell cemented himself as the face of the Astros.
A six-year run from 1996-2001 pushed his career into Hall of Fame consideration. Bagwell hit at least 31 home runs and drove in at least 111 during the stretch, finishing four times in the top 10 of NL MVP voting.
A shoulder injury abruptly ended Bagwell's 15-year career, though, and he's struggled with personal issues since leaving the game. Despite appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this year with ex-Astros teammate Craig Biggio, Bagwell's public silence has continued.
Bagwell out of sight, despite appearing on Hall of Fame ballot with Biggio
Houston Chronicle | Jan 8