Red Sox: What if Jeff Bagwell never got traded to Houston Astros?
Final Legacy in Major League Baseball
After his brief time in Boston, Andersen went on to play for the Padres for two seasons before finishing up his career with the Phillies in 1994.
Bagwell went on to become one of the best players in Astros franchise history. Over the last 12 seasons in which Bagwell played, the Astros finished in either first or second in the NL Central division. His number 5 was retired in 2007.
Finally, after six years of being on the ballot to get inducted into the Hall of Fame, Bagwell’s wait had ended. In 2017, his 7th year of being eligible, Bags got in, receiving 86.2% of the votes. The final step of any great ball players journey is making it to the Hall of Fame. If the numbers didn’t speak for themselves, the Hall definitely should. One’s in and one’s not.
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At the end of the day, the Larry Andersen for Jeff Bagwell trade has to be considered one of the top two worst trades if not the worst in Red Sox history. It’s clearly one of the worst trades in baseball history. In the 55 year existence of the Astros, Bagwell must be considered one of the best to represent the franchise all time.