Special Assistant to the General Manager
Jeff Bagwell was named Special Assistant to the General Manager on December, 15, 2006, the day in which the Astros icon announced his retirement at Minute Maid Park.
In his current role with the Astros, Jeff assists the club's baseball operations staff with its Major and minor league player development programs, the amateur draft, scouting and minor league team operations and evaluations. He is also with the club in Spring Training, providing instruction to players and staff and evaluating both Major and minor league players.
In 2010, Jeff had a productive stint as the Major League club's hitting instructor from the All-Star Break through the end of the season before returning to his current role.
Jeff also travels with the Major League club on selected road trips on occasion and observes the organization's minor league clubs during the regular season. He also makes various promotional appearances during the year.
As an outstanding player for 15 seasons, Jeff hit 449 home runs and drove in 1,529 runs for the Astros from 1991-2005. He is only player in Houston franchise history to win the Most Valuable Player Award, earning the honors for the National League in 1994 after hitting .368 with 39 home runs and 116 RBI in just 110 games. Jeff was the third player in the history of the award to be a unanimous first-place selection. He is also the only Astro to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award, capturing that distinction in 1991 by hitting .294 with 15 home runs and 82 RBI. He is one of only eight players in MLB history to win both honors in a career.
A four-time All-Star, Jeff is the career leader for the club in home runs, RBI, and walks, while ranking second in club history with 2,314 hits. Jeff was the Astros' Opening Day first baseman for 15 consecutive seasons, and he is one of only 12 players all-time and the only first baseman with at least 400 home runs and 200 stolen bases and the only first baseman ever with two 30 home run, 30 stolen base seasons. Additionally, Jeff is in a group of only seven first baseman in Major League history to record at least 1,500 runs scored and 1,500 RBI. Jeff earned NL Silver Slugger Awards three times (1994, 1997, and 1999) and earned a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 1994. He is also the only Astro with six consecutive 100-RBI seasons (1996-2001) and recorded eight consecutive campaigns with 30-plus home runs (1996-2003). In 2001, Jeff became the only player in ML history to collect 30 home runs, 100 RBI, 100 runs scored and 100 walks in six consecutive seasons (1996-2001).
At the time of his retirement, Jeff ranked 28th on the Major League career list in home runs, 52nd in runs scored, tied for 52nd in doubles, tied for 41st in RBI, 30th in extra-base hits, and 24th in walks. His .948 career OPS ranks 22nd all-time in Major League history and 10th among right-handed hitters.
Jeff has been on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the past two years, receiving 41.7% of the vote in 2011. On August 26, 2007, his No. 5 was officially retired by the Astros.
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