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2017 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Jeff Bagwell

The first table below presents Jeff Bagwell's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Jeff Bagwell
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1991HOU23
156
17.815.90.5280.1
1.5
18.115.70.5360.41.7
1992HOU24
162
22.616.90.5721.8
3.3
20.516.70.5511.02.4
1993HOU25
142
16.713.90.5450.5
1.7
16.912.90.5671.22.3
1994HOU26
110
17.19.90.6322.7
3.8
16.79.30.6432.94.0
1995HOU27
114
15.310.70.5891.5
2.5
15.911.40.5821.42.5
1996HOU28
162
22.915.00.6042.8
4.4
21.915.20.5902.33.8
1997HOU29
162
22.014.60.6022.3
3.7
23.214.30.6183.04.4
1998HOU30
147
19.313.30.5911.9
3.2
19.614.00.5831.73.0
1999HOU31
162
22.814.20.6163.3
4.7
21.014.60.5902.23.6
2000HOU32
159
18.715.60.5460.4
1.8
20.114.60.5801.63.0
2001HOU33
161
22.414.10.6143.0
4.6
20.214.80.5781.63.1
2002HOU34
158
19.515.10.5641.1
2.5
18.214.20.5620.92.2
2003HOU35
160
18.516.10.5350.3
1.6
18.115.30.5420.51.8
2004HOU36
156
16.714.00.5440.6
1.8
16.714.00.5440.61.8
2005HOU37
39
3.13.00.510-0.1
0.2
3.02.80.5240.00.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,150
275.4202.40.57622.3
41.3
270.1199.60.57521.239.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
33
2.53.40.423 -0.42.62.80.488 0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,183
277.9205.80.576
40.9
272.7202.40.575 39.9


This is Jeff Bagwell's 7th year on the BBWAA Hall-of-Fame ballot. Last year, he made a big push, appearing on 71.6% of ballots in 2016, finishing 15 votes short of election.

I began writing articles about Hall of Fame candidates with the 2013 Hall-of-Fame ballot (which was released in late 2012), Bagwell's third year on the ballot. Hence, this is the fifth article which I have written about Jeff Bagwell.
This year, I will compare Bagwell to his longtime teammate, Craig Biggio, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame two years ago. Bagwell and Biggio were teammates for all 15 years of Jeff Bagwell's career, 1991 through 2005. In the 15 seasons in which the two "Killer B's" were teammates, the Astros made six playoff appearances and won the only pennant in franchise history. In the 40 seasons in which the Astros existed, but Bagwell did not play for them, the team made a grand total of four playoff appearances.

There is very little doubt that Biggio and Bagwell were the two greatest players in the history of the Houston Astros. It is, however, debatable as to which of Biggio or Bagwell were the best player in Astros history. The next table compares Biggio and Bagwell, as measured by pWins, which tie to team wins.

Jeff Bagwell Craig Biggio
Season Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL
1988
 
502.73.30.449-0.3-0.0
1989
 
13413.912.10.5351.32.2
1990
 
15016.416.90.493-0.30.9
1991
15617.815.90.5280.1
1.5
14914.514.00.5090.71.8
1992
16222.616.90.5721.8
3.3
16221.420.20.5150.52.1
1993
14216.713.90.5450.5
1.7
15521.519.10.5301.32.9
1994
11017.19.90.6322.7
3.8
11417.112.70.5752.33.5
1995
11415.310.70.5891.5
2.5
14122.317.10.5672.84.4
1996
16222.915.00.6042.8
4.4
16222.719.50.5382.03.7
1997
16222.014.60.6022.3
3.7
16123.818.50.5632.84.5
1998
14719.313.30.5911.9
3.2
16025.217.90.5843.75.3
1999
16222.814.20.6163.3
4.7
16023.020.50.5291.22.9
2000
15918.715.60.5460.4
1.8
10111.411.70.494-0.00.9
2001
16122.414.10.6143.0
4.6
15521.016.50.5602.23.9
2002
15819.515.10.5641.1
2.5
14517.117.80.489-0.21.2
2003
16018.516.10.5350.3
1.6
15318.218.20.500-0.21.2
2004
15616.714.00.5440.6
1.8
15617.719.50.476-1.40.0
2005
393.13.00.510-0.1
0.2
15520.417.50.5381.32.7
2006
 
14515.316.80.475-0.70.5
2007
 
14112.915.70.450-1.5-0.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS2,150275.4202.40.57622.3
41.3
2,849358.5325.40.52417.344.0
1992 - 20041,955254.5183.60.58122.2
39.7
1,925262.5229.10.53416.836.4


Biggio played for five more seasons than Bagwell (four as a regular), although his performance was fairly mediocre, at best, in four of these five seasons. Biggio was, however, clearly better than Bagwell in the latter's first and last season. Between those seasons, however, Bagwell was clearly the better of the two, as shown in the last row of the table above, although Biggio had the best season between the two of them (1998) and three of the top four seasons between them, as measured by pWORL.

The choice between Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio is not an easy or obvious one. But what is obvious is that both Bagwell and Biggio had Hall-of-Fame worthy careers.

2017 Hall of Fame Ballot Series




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