HOUSTON – There were no new electees to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year, which means several high profile former Astros will have to wait until 2022 for their next chance to receive the top individual honor in baseball.
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Of the candidates who once wore a Houston uniform, Billy Wagner is arguably the most identifiable as an Astro. The hard-throwing lefty is slowly gaining more traction in Hall of Fame voting. This year, he received 46.4% of the vote, up from 31.7% in 2020. In ’19, he garnered 16.7%.
Wagner was the Astros’ closer during a stretch in which the club won four NL Central titles in five years, from 1997-99 and in 2001. He was traded to Philadelphia just before the Astros’ dominant stretch in 2004-05, but “Billy the Kid” still owns the Astros’ club record for saves with 225. Wagner recorded 422 saves during his 16-year career.