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Friday, December 15, 2006

Thanks, Baggy

In a move that has been expected for months, Jeff Bagwell finally announced his retirement today. Career stats?

.297 BA
449 HR
1,529 RBI

Them's Cooperstown numbers, but perhaps Baggy's greatest influence has been on the Astros organization itself. Along with Craig Biggio, he established what is widely considered to be the most professional clubhouse in all of baseball. The example he set for countless young Astros of playing hard and keeping your mouth closed cannot be overstated, and it's no coincidence that Drayton McLane called him the heartbeat of the franchise. Bottom line is that Bagwell's play, class, and character made a whole generation of people fans of the Houston Astros. There aren't many players in any sport that you can say that about. We were exceedingly lucky to have watched the man ply his trade for fifteen years, and it'll be a crime if #5 isn't retired at Minute Maid on Opening Day. Thanks for the memories, Bags.


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