Bagwell, Raines And Rodriquez Are Elected To Baseball’s Hall of Fame – RICHARD GONZALES January 18, 2017 9:44 PM


Three baseball stars who avoided convincing connection to steroid use during their playing days — Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez — were elected to Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame Wednesday. The stars all received 75 percent of the ballots cast by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

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Houston Astros longtime first baseman and four-time All-Star Jeff Bagwell is pictured announcing his retirement from baseball in 2006. Bagwell was elected to the Hall of Fame Wednesday. | PAT SULLIVAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Jeff Bagwell, a first baseman who spent his entire 15-year career with the Houston Astros, was named the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 1991 and Most Valuable Player in 1994. He was a four-time All-Star who batted .297, while hitting 449 home runs and 1,529 runs batted in. Bagwell is also the only first baseman in history to hit at least 400 homers and steal more than 200 bases. Speculation about steroid surrounded nearly all baseball stars of his era, but as the Houston Chronicle reports, Bagwell never failed a drug test. But those suspicions might have explained why he made the Hall on his seventh time on the ballot.

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