Mazel tov to Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez on their election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. That’s the good news.
The (relatively) bad news is that they played for teams in markets that don’t necessarily lend themselves to glamor and glitz. Bagwell spent his entire 15-year career with the Houston Astros. In 23 years, Raines played primarily for the Montreal Expos before moving on to the White Sox and Yankees before pit stops in Oakland, Baltimore, and Miami. And Rodriguez spent most of his 21 years with the Texas Rangers before going to the Texas Rangers and spending smaller chunks of time with the Marlins, Yankees, Nationals, and Astros.
Not exactly the marquee locations for generating books, all due respect to the teams and their fans.
This is what we have so far for the trio:
- They Call Me Pudge: My Life Playing the Game I Love, written with Jeff Sullivan
- Rock Solid: My Life in Baseball’s Fast Lane, with Jeff Maimon
- Nothing yet.
Interestingly, both the Rodriguez and Raines books are published by triumph. It’s as if they knew something. They’re like witches!
Another factoid, pointed out by the good folks at Pardon the Interruption: all three have been associated with drug use. Raines imbibed in cocaine back in the day ( recreational drug, but still), while Rodriguez and Bagwell had their names come up in PED rumors.