Thursday, April 21, 2016

#135 Derek Bell



SLAM! 
As in SALAMI!

Played in both the Little league World Series and Major League World Series.

Only player to play in the LL World Series twice, and play in MLWS.

He was one small part of a 12-player trade between the Padres and the Houston Astros.

Was released by the Pirates in early 2002 after "Operation Shutdown".

Toronto Blue Jays (1991–1992)
San Diego Padres (1993–1994)
Houston Astros (1995–1999)
New York Mets (2000)
Pittsburgh Pirates (2001)


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

#134 Jeff Bagwell



PILLAR : noun  pil·lar  \ˈpi-lər\
: someone who is an important member of a group


What would the Astros have been without Jeff Bagwell?

Part of his outline from Wikipedia:
2.1 Boston Red Sox prospect
2.2 Houston Astros
2.2.1 Rookie of the Year Award and early career (1991–93)
2.2.2 Unanimous selection for Most Valuable Player Award (1994)
2.2.3 Continued peak (1995–96)
2.2.4 First two playoff appearances (1997–98)
2.2.5 Second player with multiple 40–30 seasons (1999)
2.2.6 National League runs scored record (2000)
2.2.7 Sixth consecutive season of 30 HR, 100 RBI, 100 runs scored and 100 BB (2001)
2.2.8 Other milestones (2002–03)
2.2.9 Milestones of 1,500 RBI, 1,500 runs scored and 200 stolen bases (2004)
2.2.10 Health issues and World Series drive (2005)
2.2.11 Comeback attempt and retirement (2006)
3 Post retirement
3.1 As hitting coach and instructor
3.2 Hall of Fame consideration

Yeah, he was kinda HUGE even only in outline form.