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Bagwell epitomizes professionalism

Even though Jeff Bagwell has contributed little on the field this season, he still carries much weight with the Astros.

Originally Published: October 20, 2005
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- He couldn't throw. He couldn't hit. He could hardly sleep.

So Jeff Bagwell knew it was time. Time to admit the one thing he never wanted to admit -- that the Houston Astros would be better off without him.

It was the first week of May. His team was already six games behind St. Louis. And there was nothing Jeff Bagwell wanted to do more than find a way to lift his franchise out of the crater it had tumbled into and point it back toward the blue baseball skies above.

But ...

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