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JEFF BAGWELL. Jeff Bagwell was the first Houston Astro to win the National League (NL) Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Awards. In 1994 he became only the third consensus National League MVP since the honor was established in 1931. During 15 seasons with the team (1991-2005) he has a .297 career average, 2,314 hits, 449 homeruns and 1,529 RBI's. A four-time All-Star, in 1994 he also won a Gold Glove Award at first base for his defensive prowess. Bagwell and longtime teammate Craig Biggio led the Astros to four NL Central titles in 1997, 1998, 1999 & 2001. In 2004 the Astros captured the NL Wild Card and won their first playoff series ever by defeating the Atlanta Braves in the NL Divisional Playoffs. The Astros 2004 season ended with a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in game 7 of the National League Championship Series. Although they lost to the Chicago White Sox, in 2005 the Astros became the first team from Texas to play in the World Series Bagwell also holds team career records for homeruns, extra base hits, total bases, RBIs, and walks. He retired in December 2006 and was hired as the Astros hitting coach on July 11, 2010. Bagwell was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2004.

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