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Where Does Craig Biggio Stand for the Hall of Fame?


 

Craig Biggio is a Hall of Famer. Well not yet, but he should be. In fact, he needs to be.

Biggio’s stats and credentials do a very good job of illustrating that point for him.

  • He has a WAR (Wins Above Replacement Value) of 64.9 which is 134th all time.
  • Per Bill James‘ statistical measurements, with 50 being an “average” Hall of Famer, Biggio has a rating of 57.
  • Biggio was a seven time All-Star, including five straight times between 1994 and 1998.
  • His 3,060 hits are 21st all time. Biggio hit .281 on his career and had a .363 on base percentage.
  • An overlooked part of his game, was the power production. Biggio had 291 home runs and drove in 1,174 runs.
  • Along with that power, Biggio also stole 414 bases.
  • For Biggio, an average 162 game season would be:  174 hits, 66 walks, 17 HR, 67 RBI, and 24 SB.
  • It must be noted that he was durable only playing in less than 141 games in a season once after his first full year. Biggio also played three positions, moving to the outfield late in his career to make room for Jeff Kent.
  • We also cannot forget that he was hit by pitches 285 times on his career as he did anything possible to get on base.

As it currently stands with the ballots that have been made public, Biggio is primed to be elected to Cooperstown in 2014. Astros County does an excellent job of keeping a running tally of the votes, and at the time of this writing, Biggio has 81.1% of the votes (75% is needed for election).

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  • Bob Hulsey

    BBTF has a running tabulation of public HOF votes which currently shows the following:

    Maddux 100%
    Glavine 100%
    F. Thomas 88%
    Biggio 82%
    (this changes daily)

    I am almost starting to root that Biggio does not get in this year because if he does, the first player to go into the Hall of Fame as an Astro is going to be an asterisk while the headline will be about Maddux, Glavine and Bobby Cox all going in together and the induction filled with tomahawk-waving Braves fans.

    I can almost think of no more disgusting way for the first Astro to make the Hall than to be shoved aside while baseball celebrates three from our greatest nemesis during the Biggio era (and Tony LaRussa to boot).

    • Ray_Kuhn_28

      Yes Biggio would be going in with the 3 Braves, but they all had great careers and deserve to get in. I wouldn’t concern myself with that to be honest.He could go down as being part of the greatest class of the modern era

  • 1oldpro

    If Biggio makes it with them, he comes in with a bang. He might be opening a door for another Astro to get in. Hell, he might even let Bagwell introduce him.
    Biggio was special in my city and my family. I don’t care if he goes in with the Braves’ guys. He could do worse.

    • Ray_Kuhn_28

      Agreed, at this point, I really just want him to get in