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Jeff Bagwell will be happy if he gets the call from the Hall

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If former Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell is elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. he will very happy.

If the voting does not go Bagwell's way this year, he will be okay with that too.

The results from the voting of the Baseball Writers Association of America will be released on Wednesday.

"I really don't have that many emotions about it," Bagwell said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "If it happens, it happens.

"I've been through a lot of things in my life and baseball was part of it," Bagwell said. "It's not going to affect my life.

"It's not something that I played my entire career for. I played it for my teammates and my team and the Houston Astros. It it happens, it's great. Obviously a lot of people strive for that. I don't."

Bagwell points out that he is not downplaying the meaning of a player being selected for the Hall of Fame.

He just said he does not base the value of his career or his life on whether or not he gets the invitation.

"If it does happen obviously I'll be ecstatic, but I'm just trying to live a normal life," Bagwell said.

"I'm excited. I'm anxious, but If it doesn't happen it's not going to crush me."

Bagwell hit .297 with 449 home runs and 1529 RBIs during his 15-year career that was cut short by a severe shoulder injury.

He was the Rookie of the Year in 1991, Most Valuable Player in 1994 and a four-time All-Star.

Bagwell had nine seasons with more than 30 home runs and 100 runs scored, eight seasons with more than 100 RBIs, and more than 100 walks for seven consecutive years.

He hit better than .300 six times.

Bagwell believes he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame at some point.

"Yes, but it's as important to me as living my life every day," Bagwell said. "I've had a body of work that's pretty good.  

"Obviously that's the pinnacle of your career. Winning a World Series would have been great, but the pinnacle of your career as just a single player is getting in the Hall of Fame, and you stand there with all of these tremendous players that have played this game. It is obviously a great thing. Whatever happens, happens."

Bagwell's long-time teammate, Craig Biggio, is on the ballot for the first time.

"I know that everybody would love to see Craig and I go in at the same time," Bagwell said. "I'm probably rooting for Craig more than I'm rooting for me.

"If I don't get in I'm just going to be mad that I have to go in July to sit there and watch him talk."

Bagwell was laughing as he said that, but all kidding aside, he believes Biggio should be a lock to get into the Hall of Fame.

"He deserves to be in there," Bagwell said. "If you get 3000 hits you deserve to be in the Hall of Fame and I'm ecstatic for him and his family.

"I'm very excited to see what happens. I don't see how he can't get in."

For a player to be elected into the Hall of Fame he needs 75% of the vote.

In Bagwell's first year of eligibility in 2011 he received 41.7%, with that total jumping to 56% last year.

He is trending the right way.

However, Bagwell maintains that was never his goal.

"It means more to my parents than it does to me," Bagwell said. "When I played my teammates and my team were first.

"I was always there. I tried to play every game I could play until my shoulder blew out."

Bagwell said he has no regrets about his playing career and cherishes his time in the Houston organization.

"I bleed the Astros," Bagwell said.

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