Jeff Bagwell - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Aug 30, 1990:Traded Larry Andersen(P) to Bos-A for Jeff Bagwell(IF)

This Date in Astros History

May 27, 1968:San Diego and Montreal are awarded NL expansion teams for 1969 and Dallasites are quick to blame Houston's Judge Roy Hofheinz for the snub. Montreal doesn't even have a minor league team at the time. One Dallas paper prints a picture of the judge with a bullseye over it. The Astros celebrate by clubbing the Dodgers, 10-1. Dallas-Ft. Worth would get the old Washington Senators team in 1972. Elsewhere, Jeff Bagwell is born in Boston, MA. He owns many records for the Astros, including the career marks for home runs and runs batted in.
Jul 5, 1985:Kevin Bass launches two solo homers to pace a 4-2 triumph over Montreal. Jose Cruz drives in the other two runs to set a new franchise mark for RBIs (783), since broken by Jeff Bagwell.
Aug 31, 1990:With nobody on and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Astros come alive for three runs to stun the Pirates, 3-2. They must be living right. On the same day, they acquire a minor-league third baseman, Jeff Bagwell, from Boston for reliever Larry Andersen.
Apr 15, 1991:Jeff Bagwell's first major league homer is a two-run shot off Kent Mercker in the ninth inning to stun the Braves, 3-1. Back then, nobody thought Bagwell would develop into the franchise's premier power hitter.
Apr 16, 1991:Ken Caminiti starts an around-the-horn triple play during a 10-4 loss to the Braves. In the second-inning, Mike Heath's grounder goes from Caminiti to Casey Candaele at second to Jeff Bagwell at first for the feat.
May 5, 1991:Rookie Jeff Bagwell hits only the ninth upper-deck home run at Three Rivers Stadium, a 456-foot pinch-hit poke in a 6-4 victory over Pittsburgh. Steve Finley follows with a two-run shot for the winning margin.
Jun 12, 1991:Steve Finley drives home Jeff Bagwell with two away in the bottom of the ninth to trip Philadelphia, 3-2. Joe Boever is the victim. Al Osuna wins his second game in as many nights.
Sep 6, 1991:Pete Harnisch becomes the second Astro to strike out the side on nine pitches. It happens in the seventh inning of a 3-1 triumph over the Phillies. Harnisch scatters four hits while Jeff Bagwell and Andujar Cedeno go deep for all of Houston's runs.
Nov 6, 1991:Jeff Bagwell is named N.L. Rookie of the Year, capturing 23 of 24 first place votes. His .294 average, 15 homers and 82 RBIs are just the first sign of things to come. The other vote goes to Pittsburgh's Orlando Merced.
Apr 18, 1992:Jeff Bagwell slams a two-run tenth-inning shot off Randy Myers to claim a 4-2 win over San Diego. Craig Biggio has four hits.
May 10, 1992:Jeff Bagwell comes off the bench to club a solo homer in the eighth that ties the Pirates at 4-4. He then tags Roger Mason in the tenth with another blast to cap a 6-4 victory.
Jun 5, 1992:Jeff Bagwell tags Jeff Brantley with a two-run homer in the ninth to stun the Giants, 5-4. Xavier Hernandez is the surprise winner with Doug Jones notching his 14th save.
Jul 29, 1992:Jeff Bagwell hits only the seventh Club Level home run in the history of Atlanta-Fulton Country stadium, a 440-foot blast off of Tom Glavine. It comes in a 5-3 loss to the Braves. Jimmy Jones is unable to hold an early 2-0 edge.
Aug 23, 1992:Jimmy Jones and three relievers outpitch Curt Schilling, 3-1, completing a three-game sweep over the Phillies and ending a 26-game road trip. Houston is 12-14 on the marathon tour. They manage just four hits off Schilling but two of them are RBI singles by Luis Gonzalez and Jeff Bagwell to give Jones all the runs he needs.
Sep 15, 1992:Jeff Bagwell drills a three-run blast off Steve Reed in the bottom of the 11th to slay the Giants, 9-6. It's Bagwell's fifth hit of the night. Earlier, Steve Finley had taken San Francisco closer Rod Beck deep in the ninth to send the match to extra innings.
Oct 4, 1992:Astros sweep Los Angeles, 3-0, to finish a surprising 81-81. Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Steve Finley play in all 162 games. Doug Jones notches a record 36th save. He also leads the staff with eleven wins and a 1.85 ERA.
May 22, 1993:Ken Caminiti swats two solo homers and Jeff Bagwell hits only the tenth Loge Level home run at Jack Murphy Stadium, but the Padres dominate in a 9-4 decision. The blasts account for three of the five hits the Astros accumulate.
Jun 22, 1993:Jeff Bagwell does it all in a 5-1 victory over the Dodgers. He singles, doubles, homers, scores twice, drives in two and steals home. Darryl Kile goes the distance for his seventh win. All of Houston's runs are unearned.
Sep 12, 1993:Jeff Bagwell's hand is broken on a pitch by Philadelphia's Ben Rivera. Short term, the Astros don't hurt much as replacement Chris Donnels smashes a home run in a 9-2 triumph. Craig Biggio also goes deep. Pete Harnisch sails to his 14th victory.
Jan 26, 1994:Houston signs first baseman Sid Bream. As a backup to Jeff Bagwell, he contributes mostly as a pinch-hitter, delivering a .344 average in the strike-shortened season. Of course, Bagwell hit .368 in an MVP year so Bream got scant attention for his superb play. After the strike, he never appears again in the majors.
Apr 20, 1994:A leadoff homer by Craig Biggio blossoms into a four-hit night as Houston trips the Cubs, 7-5. Jeff Bagwell drives in four runs. Tom Edens picks up the win in relief.
Apr 30, 1994:Steve Finley and Jeff Bagwell each homer, part of their four hits apiece as Houston stomps the Cards, 15-5. Total attendance breaks the 50,000 mark for the first time in a regular-season game since 1966.
Jun 24, 1994:Jeff Bagwell slams two home runs in one inning and three in the game as Houston mauls the Dodgers, 16-4. Bagwell's blasts are the alpha and omega of a nine-run sixth inning. His four hits and six RBIs spark a 17-hit attack. Shane Reynolds is the easy winner.
Jul 3, 1994:Ken Caminiti slugs an inside-the-park homer while Craig Biggio and James Mouton belt the traditional kind as the Astros trap the Cubs, 12-6. Caminiti and Biggio are named to the N.L. All-Star team along with Jeff Bagwell, Doug Drabek and John Hudek (none as starters) to total a club-record five All-Stars in one season.
Jul 23, 1994:Jeff Bagwell goes 4-for-4 with four RBIs, including his 30th homer, as the Astros maul the Pirates, 11-0. Bagwell becomes just the third Astro to reach that milestone. Shane Reynolds fires a four-hit shutout and fans eleven to run his season record to 8-4.
Jul 24, 1994:Jeff Bagwell bashes two home runs and drives in five during a 13-1 massacre of Pittsburgh at the Dome. Craig Biggio adds a grand slam. Bagwell's shots both come off Ravelo Manzanillo in consecutive innings.
Aug 5, 1994:Jeff Bagwell re-writes the Astros record book with his 38th home run, 112th RBI and 69th extra base hit in a 12-4 thumping of the Giants. Jeff has five RBIs to lead the attack, breaking Bob Watson's season mark. Jim Wynn held the other two records. Bagwell's .370 average also threatens Rusty Staub's club record. A broken hand and a players strike would soon cut short the best season any Astro has ever had.
Aug 10, 1994:For the second year in a row, Jeff Bagwell's left hand is broken by a pitch, this time by the Padres' Andy Benes just two days before the players strike finishes their season. Bagwell ends with 39 homers, 116 RBIS and a .368 average (all club records at the time) in 400 at bats. Houston wins, 3-1, but loses the next day to finish 1/2 game behind Cincinnati in the first Central Division race.
Oct 27, 1994:Jeff Bagwell is named the unanimous winner of the National League Most Valuable Player Award. He's the third winner to gain every first-place vote and the only winner in franchise history. The players' strike, which cut short the season, helped Bagwell since his hand was broken just before the strike commenced, not allowing time for other players to steal the spotlight in September.
Nov 16, 1994:Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio are named to the annual National League Gold Glove team for their defensive play at first and second base respectively. They are the first Astros to be named since 1976, the last of Cesar Cedeno's Gold Glove seasons in the outfield (1972-1976). The other past winners are Doug Rader at third base (1970-1974) and Roger Metzger at shortstop (1973). Bobby Shantz was also named as the Gold Glove pitcher in 1962, a year he started in Houston. Biggio will continue to claim the prize for the next three seasons.
Nov 23, 1994:Montreal Expos president Claude Brochu blasts Jeff Bagwell's new seven-year $47 million dollar contract, calling the move "a mistake" by owner Drayton McLane. The players strike is still ongoing and the move is seen as counterproductive to labor talks while McLane announces that, in spite of Bagwell's new deal, he will be forced to cut payroll for the ballclub next season.
Apr 26, 1995:"Play Ball" never sounded so good. The Astros open the strike-delayed season with a 10-2 victory in San Diego. Jeff Bagwell, Derek Bell and Phil Plantier start the campaign with home runs. Doug Drabek works five innings for the win. Although over 41,000 attend, baseball's attendance plummets as resentment over the strike lingers.
May 19, 1995:A grand slam by Tony Eusebio keys a seven-run uprising as Houston pummels Montreal, 10-2. Jeff Bagwell had earlier provided a two-run blast off Pedro Martinez.
Jun 16, 1995:In a wild 16-inning affair at Shea Stadium, the Astros outduel the Mets, 7-5. Brian Hunter's double drives in Craig Shipley in the 12th to snap a 2-2 tie but Jose Vizcaino's RBI grounder keeps New York alive. Back-to-back homers by Hunter and Craig Biggio put Houston up in the 15th but a two-run single by Brett Butler ties it again. Jeff Bagwell's bases-loaded hit is the game-winner. Doug Brocail slams the door to finally silence the Mets.
Jun 25, 1995:Houston erupts for a team-record 19 runs, destroying the Cubs in a 19-6 laugher at the Dome. You might expect Jeff Bagwell to be at the center of this and he is, driving in five including a three-run blast in the seventh. But John Cangelosi? The 5-7 mite takes Bryan Hickerson deep in the eighth as the Astros pour it on with nine runs in their final time up.
Jul 4, 1995:Craig Biggio slams two home runs and Jeff Bagwell drives in five during a 16-8 donnybrook at Colorado. Biggio scores five times, setting a club record that still stands. He also steals a base and drives in three. Derrick May and Phil Nevin contribute three hits apiece.
Jul 14, 1995:Jeff Bagwell and Tony Eusebio deliver four hits apiece as the Astros outslug the Giants, 13-8. Bagwell's three-run shot gives him four RBIs while Eusebio and Dave Magadan bring home three runs apiece.
Jul 22, 1995:John Cangelosi goes 4-for-4 while Jeff Bagwell drives in five, including a three-run homer, to pace a 7-6 victory over San Francisco. Mike Hampton gets an early cushion but needs help from Dave Veres and Todd Jones for the win.
Jul 25, 1995:Doug Drabek hurls a three-hitter and strikes out nine as he blanks the Dodgers, 4-0. Jeff Bagwell goes deep off Hideo Nomo while Craig Biggio spanks a solo shot off Jose Parra to account for half of Houston's runs.
May 7, 1996:Anthony Young , who had the majors' longest personal losing streak while with the Mets and Cubs, gets the win as Houston roars back to topple the Phillies, 7-5. Jeff Bagwell launches two home runs while Sean Berry adds a solo shot. Both rap four hits on the evening.
May 9, 1996:Astros tally in six different innings during an 11-4 trouncing in Montreal. Derek Bell leads the 18-hit attack with four hits while Sean Berry drives in four. Berry, Jeff Bagwell and Orlando Miller chip in three hits apiece.
May 29, 1996:In a 7-4 Astros triumph, Jeff Bagwell swats an upper-deck shot off Danny Darwin at Three Rivers Stadium, to join Pirate legend Willie Stargell as the only players to reach that level more than once. Bagwell caps his four-hit, five-RBI night with a two-run shot off Francisco Cordova.
Jul 29, 1996:Pinch-hitter Bill Spiers blasts a solo shot off Mark Portugal in the eighth to tie the Reds. Derrick May then walks and eventually scores on a Jeff Bagwell single for a 2-1 Houston win. Mike Hampton allows just four hits and gets help from Xavier Hernandez and Billy Wagner for the victory.
Aug 30, 1996:Sean Berry drives in six as Houston blanks the Pirates, 10-0. Berry also steals a pair of bases. Jeff Bagwell goes 4-for-5. Donne Wall scatters seven hits in a complete-game shutout.
Nov 13, 1996:Ken Caminiti is named N.L. Most Valuable Player by unanimous vote, two seasons after being traded to the Padres from Houston. Teammate Steve Finley, who also left Houston in the same trade, finishes tenth in the MVP voting. Jeff Bagwell finishes ninth.
Apr 23, 1997:Seven Astros have multi-hit performances in an 11-7 thrashing at San Diego. Bill Spiers, Jeff Bagwell, Thomas Howard and Brad Ausmus have three-hit games in the 18-hit attack.
Apr 25, 1997:Brad Ausmus drives in Sean Berry with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as Houston trips the Giants, 5-4. Jeff Bagwell launches a three-run blast in the effort.
May 4, 1997:Darryl Kile outpitches Kevin Brown with a four-hit shutout and a 1-0 victory over the Marlins. Luis Gonzalez singles home Jeff Bagwell in the first for the game's only tally.
May 16, 1997:Craig Biggio slams two home runs, including the 100th of his career, during a 12-7 victory at Philadelphia. His first blast leads off the game and triggers a seven-run outburst. Brad Ausmus and Jeff Bagwell also go deep.
May 21, 1997:An intentional walk to Jeff Bagwell with the bases empty and two outs in the 14th backfires on the Reds. It is Jeff's third free pass of the night but he steals second and scores on a single by Luis Gonzalez for a 4-3 triumph. Bill Spiers adds four hits.
May 24, 1997:Darryl Kile blanks the Rockies at Coors Field for seven innings during a 7-0 whitewash, allowing four hits. Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell blast homers for Houston. Kile would opt for Colorado and free agency after the season, despite warnings his pitching would suffer in the thin Rocky Mountain air.
Jun 3, 1997:Jeff Bagwell tags Scott Radinsky for a game-winning homer in the tenth as the Astros down Los Angeles, 4-3. Luis Gonzalez adds three hits. Mike Magnante wins it in relief.
Jun 13, 1997:Houston's first official interleague game does not go well as the American League's Minnesota Twins slap the Astros, 8-1. Brad Radke goes eight innings for the win and Houstonian Chuck Knoblauch gets four hits. Jeff Bagwell singles for Houston's first interleague hit.
Jul 6, 1997:Tony Eusebio singles home Derek Bell in the bottom of the ninth to upend Cincinnati, 6-5. Jeff Bagwell wallops two home runs and drives in four to pace the Astro attack. Luis Gonzalez also homers. Deion Sanders takes Mike Hampton deep to tie the game at five all.
Aug 21, 1997:Six Astros have two-hit nights in a 10-4 rout of Colorado. One of them is pitcher Chris Holt who also drives in a run. Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell homer in the 15-hit assault.
Aug 27, 1997:Jeff Bagwell's two-run bomb off Paul Byrd finishes a wild 6-4, 13-inning triumph in Atlanta. A ninth-inning triple by Bill Spiers and a homer by Chuckie Carr off Mark Wohlers send the game to overtime. The teams trade tallies in the 11th before Bagwell settles the issue. Jose Lima gets the save.
Sep 16, 1997:Jeff Bagwell launches his 40th homer of the season in a 15-3 laugher over San Diego. Sean Bergman is the victim. Bagwell's blast comes in a six-run fourth that extends the lead to 13-1. Ramon Garcia benefits from the offensive support for his seventh win.
Sep 22, 1997:Jeff Bagwell steals third base against Mike Remlinger of Cincinnati to become the first 30-30 (HRs, SBs) player in franchise history. Houston tops the Reds, 6-3. A four-run eighth is the difference, keyed by a two-run pinch single by Bill Spiers.
Dec 7, 1997:Jeff Bagwell blasts the front office after pitcher and close friend Darryl Kile agrees to a contract with the Colorado Rockies. Bagwell disputes the numbers the Astros say they offered Kile to stay. General Manager Gerry Hunsicker says he's disappointed with the reaction of his star player.
Apr 3, 1998:It's not in Colorado, but the Astros club the Rockies as if it was, 15-2. Derek Bell, now hitting in front of Jeff Bagwell in the lineup, drives in six and keys a seven-run uprising to put the game away.
Jun 17, 1998:Houston nails closer Jeff Brantley with four runs in the bottom of the ninth to stun the Cardinals, 6-5. After Jeff Bagwell launches a two-run bomb to tie the game, Brad Ausmus singles home Carl Everett with the game-winner. C.J. Nitkowski is the beneficiary, picking up his second win.
Jun 30, 1998:Jeff Bagwell and Moises Alou each belt a pair of homers and drive in four as the Astros sink the White Sox, 17-2, at the Astrodome. Their first homers go back-to-back off Jamie Navarro. The bats are working so well that Dave Clark can contribute a two-run double.
Jul 1, 1998:Sean Berry raps four hits, including a homer, to pace a 10-4 triumph over the Chicago White Sox. Jeff Bagwell and Moises Alou also go deep. Houston plays "deuces wild", scoring two runs in five separate innings to complete the scoring.
Aug 7, 1998:Randy Johnson makes his Astro home debut a triumphant one, blanking the Phillies, 9-0, on a five-hitter. He fans eight and walks just one. Jeff Bagwell provides the run support with two homers and five RBIs. Moises Alou also goes deep.
Sep 2, 1998:Randy Johnson outduels Atlanta's Greg Maddux for a 4-2 triumph. Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio and Sean Berry take Maddux deep. Billy Wagner closes for his 27th save.
Sep 8, 1998:Jeff Bagwell launches his first career grand slam and drives in six as Houston mauls the Reds, 13-7. Bagwell and Derek Bell contribute three hits apiece. Sean Bergman picks up the victory.
Oct 1, 1998:Bill Spiers singles home Ricky Gutierrez in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 victory over San Diego in Game Two of the N.L.D.S. Jeff Bagwell brings home the first three runs while Derek Bell adds a solo shot. A two-run homer by Jim Leyritz ties it for the Padres, setting up the dramatic end. The series is tied at 1-1.
Oct 4, 1998:San Diego shuts the door on Houston's best season ever with a 6-1 verdict in Game Four of the N.L.D.S. to claim the series, 3-1. After a Jim Leyritz homer, Jeff Bagwell plates Craig Biggio with a single to tie it. An error by Sean Berry gives the Padres the lead before they break it open with four runs in the eighth.
Apr 21, 1999:Jeff Bagwell bashes three home runs at Wrigley Field and drives in six to drop the Cubs, 10-3. Bagwell passes Jim Wynn's mark for the most homers in franchise history.
May 15, 1999:Craig Biggio goes four-for-four with four RBIs to pace a 10-5 victory over San Francisco. Biggio and Jeff Bagwell both launch three-run shots off Mark Gardner. Mike Hampton cruises to his fifth win.
May 25, 1999:Carl Everett singles home Bill Spiers with the winning run for a 2-1, twelve-inning victory over the Rockies. Everett had also doubled home Jeff Bagwell in the eighth for the only other Houston run. Scott Elarton wins in relief as he, Mike Hampton and Billy Wagner limit Colorado to five hits.
Jun 9, 1999:Jeff Bagwell slams three home runs and drives in six as the Astros pound the Chicago White Sox, 13-4, at Comiskey Park. Carl Everett and Tim Bogar also go deep. Bagwell has 20 homers in just 58 games. He is the first Astro to launch three homers in a game thrice.
Jul 17, 1999:Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell launch solo homers in the eighth to tie Detroit, 2-2. Derek Bell draws a bases-loaded walk off Todd Jones in the tenth for a 3-2 victory. Biggio, who contributes three hits, scores the game-winner.
Jul 31, 1999:Jeff Bagwell and rookie Lance Berkman swat two home runs apiece as the Astros club the Padres, 8-5. Berkman has three hits and steals a base. Derek Bell accounts for the other two runs with a double. Doug Henry gets the win in relief.
Aug 20, 1999:Ken Caminiti slams his second homer of the night to end a 6-4, 16-inning marathon against the Marlins. Jeff Bagwell draws six bases on balls, two intentionally, as part of an NL-record 17 free passes from Florida. The Astros return the favor by striking out 21 times.
Aug 21, 1999:Astros leave no runners on base in a 5-4 victory over Florida. Jeff Bagwell's solo shot in the ninth wins it after Bill Spiers, Glen Barker and Carl Everett went deep for the other four runs. Doug Henry wins in relief of Jose Lima.
Sep 19, 1999:Jeff Bagwell slugs a two-run bomb off Rick Croushore to nip the Cardinals, 4-3. Chris Holt holds St. Louis in check except for Mark McGwire, who drills his 57th and 58th homers of the season. Billy Wagner earns his 37th save, breaking the club record set by Doug Jones in 1992.
Nov 4, 1999:Astros hold a fashion show. Larry Dierker, Vern Ruhle, Shane Reynolds, Billy Wagner and Jeff Bagwell debut the new uniforms that will be worn at Enron Field. Gone are blue and gold in favor of black, brick and sand. The logo has also been modified, eliminating the slant to the star and making it thicker.
Nov 17, 1999:Jeff Bagwell finishes second in the voting for N.L. Most Valuable Player but Atlanta's Chipper Jones is the runaway winner. Bagwell receives one first-place vote.
Feb 23, 2000:Jeff Bagwell arrives at spring training a changed man. Not only is the slugger sporting a new drooping red beard but he is playing his first baseball since off-season laser eye surgery.
Mar 11, 2000:Major League Baseball comes to the Dominican Republic for the first time as the Astros drop the Boston Red Sox, 4-3, at Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo. Jeff Bagwell launches two homers to pace the Houston victory. Dominican pitcher Jose Lima thrills his countrymen with a 3-2 triumph the next day.
Mar 30, 2000:Enron Field officially opens with a 6-5 exhibition win over the A.L. Champion New York Yankees, paralleling the feat that occured when the Astrodome opened in 1965. Daryle Ward's two-run homer caps a four-run eighth-inning rally to open up the Astros' new home in style. Jeff Bagwell earns the first hit in the new digs with a single off Roger Clemens.
Apr 28, 2000:Chris Holt one-hits the Brewers, 7-0. Jeff Bagwell, Richard Hidalgo and Daryle Ward support Holt with long balls. A second-inning single by Ron Belliard is the only Milwaukee safety.
Jun 14, 2000:Moises Alou, Richard Hidalgo and Tony Eusebio drill back-to-back-to back homers during an 8-4 win in Colorado. Alou's is his second of the night off Pedro Astacio. Stan Belinda relieves and is greeted with the next two bombs. Jeff Bagwell also goes deep.
Jul 23, 2000:Bill Spiers drills two home runs and drives in six for a 15-7 triumph over St. Louis at Enron Field. His seventh-inning grand slam off Heathcliff Slocumb during a six-run frame puts this one out of reach. Lance Berkman also goes deep twice. Andy Benes is tagged for four Houston homers in the second inning - two-run shots by Spiers and Jeff Bagwell followed by solo blasts from Berkman and Richard Hidalgo.
Aug 6, 2000:Chris Truby belts a grand slam and drives in six to lead an 8-1 pounding of Montreal. Jeff Bagwell adds four hits. Scott Elarton scatters four hits to pick up his 12th win of the season.
Aug 13, 2000:Jeff Bagwell drives in seven to tie a club record as Houston smashes the Phillies, 14-7. Bagwell and Moises Alou both homer twice. Chris Truby and Richard Hidalgo also go deep. Bagwell has a four-hit afternoon to pace a 19-hit assault.
Aug 16, 2000:Six different Astros belt home runs and they'll need all of them to outlast Pittsburgh, 11-10. Lance Berkman, Jeff Bagwell, Chris Truby, Moises Alou, Tim Bogar and Julio Lugo play long ball to build an 11-2 lead but no lead is safe at Enron Field. The Bucs storm back with eight runs in the last two frames before Octavio Dotel can coax the final out.
Sep 9, 2000:Astros belt a club record seven home runs in a 14-4 bombfest at Wrigley Field. Tim Bogar, Richard Hidalgo and Lance Berkman each homer twice while Daryle Ward adds a solo shot. Bogar has a career day with four hits and five RBIs to drum the Cubs. Somehow, Jeff Bagwell misses the home run derby but he scores three times.
Sep 30, 2000:Jeff Bagwell goes deep off Everett Stull for his 47th home run of the year, besting his own club record. The Astros hold on to nip the Brewers, 7-6. Keith Ginter and Lance Berkman also homer.
Dec 18, 2000:Astros sign first baseman Jeff Bagwell to a five-year, $83 million dollar deal, assuring he will stay with the Astros for most, if not all, of his major league career. In his first ten seasons in Houston, Bagwell has averaged 31.9 homers and 109.3 RBIs per year.
Feb 8, 2001:Craig Cullinan, the last surviving member of the four men who brought Major League Baseball to Houston, is honored at the annual Houston Baseball Dinner. Jeff Bagwell is also there to pick up his 2000 Astros Most Valuable Player Award.
May 4, 2001:Craig Biggio collects his 2,000th career hit during an 8-4 victory in Montreal. It's an infield single off Javier Vasquez. He later singles before Jeff Bagwell belts a disputed three-run shot in the fifth to open the scoring. Wade Miller, named NL Pitcher of the Month for April, picks up his fifth win.
May 6, 2001:Jeff Bagwell hits a grand slam and drives in five while Julio Lugo goes five-for-five during a 13-7 spanking in Montreal. Richard Hidalgo adds a three-run shot. Six runs in the sixth break open a 3-3 tie.
Jun 16, 2001:Richard Hidalgo's sacrifice fly in the eighth chases home Jeff Bagwell for a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers at Enron Field. Nelson Cruz picks up the win in relief of Tony McKnight. Texas would win the next day to claim a split in the inaugural six-game Lone Star Series.
Jun 18, 2001:Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman drive in four runs apiece to drum the Rockies, 13-5. Tony Eusebio adds a double and a homer. Colorado manages to outhit Houston, 14-12, and still lose by eight.
Jun 21, 2001:In Enron Field fashion, the Astros belt five home runs and lose to the Reds, 8-7, in eleven innings. Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Richard Hidalgo go deep in a four-run first. Lance Berkman adds four hits and two homers. Cincinnati smacks four long balls of their own but mere singles produce the game-winner.
Jul 7, 2001:Jeff Bagwell ties a club record with seven RBIs in a 10-8 slugfest in Kansas City. His day starts with a three-run shot off Paul Byrd and finishes with a two-run double in the eighth to give the Astros breathing room. Lance Berkman strokes four safeties to run his hitting streak to 20 games.
Jul 8, 2001:Scott Elarton is ejected after he hits the first batter and misses a 14-5 thrashing by the Astros in Kansas City. After Craig Biggio and Julio Lugo are plunked to start the game, umpires warn both teams. After Elarton hits Rey Sanchez with his fifth pitch of the day, he and skipper Larry Dierker get the thumb. Jeff Bagwell and Mendy Lopez bash three-run homers in the game. Lance Berkman (.365) and Moises Alou (.362) take the league's top two batting averages into the All-Star break.
Jul 13, 2001:Jeff Bagwell and Vinny Castilla bash two home runs apiece off Woody Williams in an 11-3 triumph over San Diego. Both get three hits. Castilla drives in five while Bagwell has four RBIs. Brad Ausmus also goes deep for good measure.
Jul 18, 2001:Jeff Bagwell hits for the cycle during a 17-11 slugfest over St. Louis at Enron Field. Bagwell's three-run homer is the crowning blow in an eight-run fifth after the Cardinals tallied six in the top half of the frame. Bagwell also doubles in the inning and triples in the seventh for the milestone. Moises Alou, Brad Ausmus and Craig Biggio leave the yard as well.
Aug 12, 2001:Homers from Lance Berkman, Jeff Bagwell, Daryle Ward and Vinny Castilla pace a 10-5 clubbing of Florida. Dave Mlicki allows three long balls but still coasts to the win. Houston moves within 1/2 game of division-leading Chicago.
Aug 18, 2001:Carlos Hernandez fires a masterful two-hit shutout over seven innings in his big league debut to snuff the Pirates, 3-0. Hernandez strikes out seven. Octavio Dotel tosses two perfect innings for the save. Moises Alou and Richard Hidalgo drive in runs while Jeff Bagwell steals home in the first inning.
Aug 30, 2001:Rookie Roy Oswalt tosses a complete-game three-hitter to subdue the Reds, 6-1. It's his 12th win. Jeff Bagwell and Richard Hidalgo drive in a pair of runs each to support the cause. Houston stays four games ahead of Chicago in the NL Central chase.
Sep 18, 2001:In their first game since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Astros stun Robb Nen with two runs in the ninth to edge the Giants, 3-2. Jeff Bagwell's triple chases home Adam Everett before Moises Alou's sacrifice fly breaks the tie. Mike Williams wins in relief while Billy Wagner notches his 37th save.
Apr 16, 2002:Lance Berkman drills three home runs to lead an 8-3 triumph in Cincinnati. Berkman plates five. Richard Hidalgo and Jeff Bagwell also tee off on losing pitcher Jose Acevedo. Berkman gets two chances to tie the NL mark of four homers but comes up short.
Jun 22, 2002:Stunned by the death of ex-teammate Darryl Kile, Astro veterans Craig Biggio, Brad Ausmus and Jeff Bagwell sit out a game against the Seattle Mariners. But all come in to pinch hit as the game moves into extra innings with an emotional Bagwell singling home Julio Lugo with the winning run in the 12th for a 3-2 victory. Daryle Ward plates the other two runs. Ricky Stone wins in relief.
Jul 6, 2002:Daryle Ward becomes the first player to smash a home run into the Allegheny River as Houston bombs the Pirates, 10-2, at PNC Park. It's a grand slam too. Lance Berkman and Jeff Bagwell tag back-to-back shots. Nelson Cruz wins with six shutout innings.
Mar 28, 2003:Halliburton Plaza opens next to Minute Maid Park, showcasing the team's history and featuring action statues adorned with the uniform numbers of Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio turning a double play.
Apr 1, 2003:Former N.L. MVP Jeff Kent homers in his first at bat as a Houston Astro, leading a 10-4 mauling of the Rockies. Jeff Bagwell tops that with two home runs while Geoff Blum goes deep and drives in three. Roy Oswalt survives a shaky start for the victory.
Jun 21, 2003:Rodrigo Rosario wins his big league debut as Houston holds on for a 9-5 victory, their second straight win against the cross-state rival Texas Rangers. Craig Biggio starts the game with his 32nd career leadoff homer. Richard Hidalgo and Jeff Bagwell also go deep. Houston moves past Chicago into first place in the Central Division, one win ahead of the Cubs and the Cardinals.
Jun 27, 2003:Infielder Dave Matranga homers in his first big league at bat as part of a four-homer assault, but it isn't enough as the Texas Rangers stop the Astros, 10-7, at Minute Maid Park. Lance Berkman, Morgan Ensberg and Jeff Bagwell also go yard but the bullpen isn't up to the task of replacing rookie starter Rodrigo Rosario after he leaves with a shoulder strain in the second inning.
Jul 20, 2003:Jeff Bagwell smashes two home runs, including the 400th of his career, as the Astros sweep the Reds, 6-3. Bagwell also provides a sacrifice fly to give him four RBIs. He becomes the 35th player in Major League history to reach the 400-HR mark, while extending his own franchise record.
Aug 26, 2003:Jeff Kent homers and drives in five to pace an 18-4 explosion over the Dodgers. Brad Ausmus plates four. Jeff Bagwell also goes deep. Ron Villone wins his sixth of the year.
Apr 7, 2004:What retirement? 41-year-old Roger Clemens makes his debut as an Astro a memorable one, blanking the Giants on one hit over seven innings to earn his 311th career victory, a 10-1 blowout. Homers by Richard Hidalgo, Jeff Bagwell and Jeff Kent support The Rocket who fans nine, including slugger Barry Bonds twice. Clemens also singles in his first at-bat as a National Leaguer.
Aug 27, 2004:Carlos Beltran's two home runs lead a five-dinger barrage as Houston clubs the Cubs, 15-7. Jeff Bagwell, Jeff Kent and Lance Berkman also supply the long ball. Roy Oswalt wins his 15th despite harassment from Chicago's Michael Barrett who is still upset over being hit by Oswalt the previous weekend in Houston. Oswalt is plunked by Kent Mercker but nobody is tossed despite the war of words.
Aug 31, 2004:Given up for dead, the Astros win their fifth straight to creep back within three games of the National League wild card lead. The home run bats go to work in an 8-0 triumph as Jeff Kent goes deep twice while Carlos Beltran, Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman go back-to-back-to-back in the fourth off Aaron Harang. Brandon Backe gets the shutout with help from three relievers. Houston still needs to overtake four other teams in order to get back to the postseason.
Sep 3, 2004:Roger Clemens claims his 325th career victory, passing Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton, two former Astros, for 12th place on the all-time wins list. He does so in an 8-6 triumph over Pittsburgh. Home runs by Jose Vizcaino, Carlos Beltran, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell stake Clemens to a 7-0 lead but he gives up six runs in the seventh before leaving. Lance Berkman adds an insurance tally while the bullpen quiets the Bucs. It is Clemens' 15th win of the season and Houston's seventh straight as they climb within 2-1/2 games of Chicago for the wild card playoff spot.
Sep 8, 2004:Once down by seven games in the Wild Card standings and behind five other clubs, the Astros come all the way back on the wings of their 12th straight win, a 5-2 triumph over Cincinnati, clinching their third straight series sweep. Four homers in the first inning (by Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman and Mike Lamb) is all Roger Clemens needs to get his 16th win, the 326th of his career, passing Eddie Plank for 11th on the All-Time wins list. The Astros tie the club record for winning streaks, set in 1999. The victory, however, ends their streak of eleven straight games scoring six or more runs, not done since the Brooklyn Bridegrooms in 1895.
Oct 6, 2004:A two-run homer in the 11th by Rafael Furcal off Dan Miceli gives Atlanta a 4-2 decision over Houston in Game Two of the N.L.D.S. to tie the best-of-five series. The Braves outlast Roy Oswalt then attack the bullpen late. Solo homers by Jeff Bagwell and Raul Chavez gives the Astros their only runs.
Oct 7, 2004:A two-run homer in the 11th by Rafael Furcal off Dan Miceli gives Atlanta a 4-2 decision over Houston in Game Two of the N.L.D.S. to tie the best-of-five series. The Braves outlast Roy Oswalt then attack the bullpen late. Solo homers by Jeff Bagwell and Raul Chavez and give the Astros their only runs.
Oct 20, 2004:Jeff Bagwell ties the Cardinals, 4-4, with a clutch two-out single in the ninth in Game Six of the N.L.C.S. but Jim Edmonds gives St. Louis the 6-4 decision with a two-run homer off Dan Miceli in the 12th to tie the series at three games each. Pete Munro was the surprise starter, lasting just 2-1/3 innings and giving up four runs, but the shaky Houston bullpen holds off the Redbirds until the fatal twelfth.
Feb 9, 2005:Sometimes they seem like Siamese twins even though Jeff Bagwell and Criag Biggio are not. The two infielders receive induction into the Hall of Fame - the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, that is. Soon to be Astro teammates for 15 years straight, the pair are closing careers they hope will land them in a bigger hall - the one in Cooperstown, NY.
Apr 29, 2005:For the first time in 113 years, a National League game features two starting pitchers with over 300 wins in their careers. Chicago's Greg Maddux edges Roger Clemens for a 3-2 verdict on Jeromy Burnitz' solo homer off Clemens in the seventh. Jeff Bagwell launches the 449th homer of his career.
May 15, 2005:On the same night that Jeff Bagwell announces he will need shoulder surgery, Morgan Ensberg fills his role with three home runs and five RBIs as Houston wallops the Giants, 9-0. Brandon Backe spins a complete-game four-hitter. Craig Biggio swats his seventh homer of the year, tying Ensberg for the club lead.
Sep 16, 2005:This wasn't just an ordinary game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth for Jeff Bagwell. It was his first big league hit since mid-May when he decided on surgery to help an arthritic shoulder. There were no guarantees the franchise's home run champ would be able to resume playing. His hit scores Willy Taveras for a 2-1 triumph over Milwaukee to keep the Astros a half-game ahead in the wild card race. Elsewhere, former Astro owner John McMullen, the man who signed the first million-dollar free agent (Nolan Ryan), dies at age 87. McMullen owned the ballclub from 1979 to 1992.
Jan 27, 2006:The end may be near for Jeff Bagwell's 15-year run in Houston. The Astros announce they have filed an insurance claim to recover $15.6 million of the $24 million remaining on Bagwell's contract, asserting he has not recovered sufficiently from shoulder surgery last year to throw a baseball. Bagwell disputes the allegation and wants to play in spring training which would jeopardize the claim. Bagwell had recently been examined by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
Mar 25, 2006:Jeff Bagwell announces he may undergo "last resort" surgery to remove bone spurs in his aching right shoulder in a final attempt to resume his playing career. Bagwell, the subject of much off-season speculation and a $15.6 million dollar insurance claim, will go on the disabled list. Two days later, the insurance claim is denied but the Astros say litigation is likely.
Dec 15, 2006:Jeff Bagwell officially retires after a brilliant 15-year career that leaves him as the franchise leader in home runs (449), RBIs (1,529) and extra-base hits (969). He had a lifetime batting average of .297. Bagwell will continue to work with the Astros under a personal services contract.
Jan 30, 2007:The City of Houston proclaims Jeff Bagwell Day to celebrate the 15-year career of the Astros slugger. The proclamation coincides with a hitting camp Bagwell is conducting at Minute Maid Park and a pitching camp run by the legendary Nolan Ryan.