A while back I got an unexpected package in the mail from The Junior Junkie. He was kind enough to send me a nice stack of cards from my second-favorite player of all-time, Jeff Bagwell!
Griffey had the sweetest swing of his generation, but Bagwell's may have been the most fearsome. Starting from his ominous, crouching stance...
...and then just exploding through the ball:
That pitch was on the OUTER half of the plate.
It's a crime that Bagwell hasn't made the Hall of Fame yet. I've never heard any kind of real evidence against him as far as PEDs, only guilt by association because he was around Ken Caminiti. His career numbers speak for themselves - 449 HRs, 1517 Runs, 1529 RBIs, 2314 hits, .297 career average, .408 career OBP and 202 SBs. I think the average and stolen bases are the most surprising for many people - he wasn't just a power hitter, he was a complete player! And those power numbers came while spending two-thirds of his career playing home games in the Astrodome.
Thanks a lot Junior Junkie! I will have to return the favor sometime in the near future. :)