HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Former Astros star Jeff Bagwell will not be part of the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2016.
Bagwell finished with 71.6 percent of the votes, falling just short of the 75% needed to enter the Hall when the announcement came out on Wednesday evening. Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be the two members of the 2016 Hall of Fame class.
Last season, Bagwell had 55.7 percent of the vote. Clearly, this season, there was significant growth in his voting totals to the point where he fell only 15 votes short of induction. That was encouraging for the former Astros star slugger.
"It means a lot, obviously," Bagwell told FOX 26 Sports. "I don't know what else to say. My numbers are what they are."
Bagwell was one of the lynchpins of the Astros in the era of the "Killer B's," a time when he and Craig Biggio helped lead the Astros to six postseason trips. After coming over from the Red Sox in a trade for Larry Anderson, Bagwell was the 1991 National League Rookie of the Year. That was only the beginning for a career that included winning the 1994 NL MVP, winning three Silver Sluggers, and a Gold Glove. Bagwell finished his career with 2314 hits, 449 home runs, and 1529 RBI.
But his arrival to baseball's mecca of all-time greats will have to wait at least another year.
"Keep the faith," Bagwell said as a message to his fans. "I'm not going anywhere. I'll be right here again."