MLB Rookie of the Year Award

Longtime Astros slugger Bagwell elected to Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell struggled to describe how he felt soon after being elected to the Hall of Fame in his seventh year on the ballot.

"I don't even know what to say," he said after Wednesday's vote announcement. "There's no greater thing you can get personally than the Hall of Fame. You can do some stuff team-wise and all that kind of stuff, but personally this is a big deal. I'm not trying to downplay it. It's just — I don't know how to react."

After missing the 75 percent needed for election by just 15 votes last year, the Houston Astros slugger led this year's class with 86.2 percent of the vote. He will be joined for induction into Cooperstown on July 30...