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10 Players Who Should Be In Their Sports' Hall of Fame

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7. Jeff Bagwell, Astros

Jeff Bagwell's crime was coming along in the steroid era, and just like every power hitter of that era, the pall of suspicion hangs over him. There is no evidence that he did steroids, but there's no evidence that he didn't either, and in this day and age that's enough to turn voters off. If you go simply by the numbers, though, this guy should be in the Hall. He was a Rookie of the Year, a perennial MVP candidate (he won once and finished in the top 20 in voting nine other times), and a great defensive player. He hit 449 homers, had an incredible career OBP of .408, and is one of only three first basemen ever to have six straight seasons of 30 homers, 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored. The other two are Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx. Bagwell is the only first baseman in history to hit 400 home runs and steal 200 bases. We don't have the time to debate the steroid era, but when all is said and done, baseball is a game of numbers. And Bagwell's numbers are Hall-worthy.—Johnny Goodtimes (AP Photo/Brett Coomer)



The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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