By the end of the 1999 MLB season, Jeff Bagwell had established himself as a Houston Astros legend. By that point, his trophy case already included an NL MVP award, three Silver Slugger trophies and a Gold Glove award.
However, Bagwell believed he still had room to improve. He'd worn contacts for the first nine seasons of his MLB career, but he was never quite satisfied with them. "When you wear contacts, you see 20/20, but you don't see 20/20 all the time," Bagwell told the Los Angeles Times." They move, and you get dust and the junk that's in your eye on the contacts. I tell people I think I lost 50 at-bats a year because of that. That's a lot."
Prior to the start of the 2000 season, Bagwell elected to get LASIK. He went on to post career highs in home runs (47), hits (183) and runs (152) that season. Guess those lost at-bats were hurting him after all.