Position(s) : 1B
Stats : .297 BA 2314 H 449 HR 1529 RBI
Career : 1991-2005
Team(s) : Astros
Accomplishments : 4x All-Star, 3x Silver Slugger, 1x Gold Glove, 1x MVP
Jeff Bagwell never popped up on any list nor was he mentioned in any of Jose Canseco's books, but a cloud of doubt hovers over his career. For what ever reason, Hall of Fame voters hold his friendship with Ken Caminiti against him and the fact that he played for a known steroid hotbed of an organization for his entire career. Bagwell put up monster numbers and played a superb first base (.993 Fielding %) for most of his time in Houston. Bagwell made history during the 1994 strike-shortened season. He became the first National Leaguer to finish first or second in batting average, home runs, RBI, and runs scored since Willie Mays in 1955. Bags is also one of four infielders (Ian Kinsler, Alfonso Soriano, and Howard Johnson) in MLB history who have had multiple 30/30 seasons as of 2011. Many point to his muscular physique during his playing days, his sudden breakdown and the way he looks after retiring as tell-tale signs that he was a juicer. He's the only true question mark on this list. No evidence, just speculation.
҂ The Associated Press today ran a story about WWE officials meeting with New York prosecutors that are investigating illegal steroid sales. The meeting was held on Tuesday after the company was invited to join along with representatives from the NFL, NBA and other sports and entertainment companies. WWE spokeswoman Jennifer McIntosh declined to comment on what was discussed. The company which is being investigated is Signature Pharmacy which is based in Orlando, FL. Signature is at the center of Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares’ investigation into illegal steroid sales in upstate New York. It was revealed that Chris Benoit was a client of Signature according to the DA’s office. Signature’s owners have pleaded not guilty.