2nd All-Time Astros Hitter
#2: Craig Biggio by Cody Poage
There have been many great hitters to put on a Houston Astros uniform throughout franchise history. However, there has only been a few to leave a true Texas-size legacy. Perhaps no legacy was bigger than the one left by Hall of Fame second baseman, Craig Biggio.
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Drafted in the first round of the 1987 MLB draft from Seton Hall, the Astros originally placed Biggio at catcher before converting him to second base to help preserve his career. After numerous All-Star nods, Silver Sluggers, and Gold Gloves at second, the team then decided to move him to the outfield to help bolster the lineup with the addition of Jeff Kent. Biggio eventually returned to second after Kent left the Astros via free agency and stayed there before deciding to hang up the spikes following the 2007 season. But through all of the position changes, the 5’11” spark plug managed always to be one of the team’s more effective hitters.
Biggio is arguably one of the best, if not the best, hitter to ever grace a Houston uniform. Courtesy of the 3,060 hits, 291 home runs, 668 doubles, and 1,844 runs he accumulated throughout his 20-year career, we find Biggio’s name littered throughout MLB and franchise record books. Like his 3,000th hit, he provided the Astros with many great moments that will not soon be forgotten.
And while Biggio never put up the power numbers like some his contemporaries did in Houston, like Jeff Bagwell for example, he helped set up some of the most potent lineups that the franchise has ever assembled. Every result of the success the club enjoyed during his stint hinged on his value, which is evident by his 65.8 WAR over the course his career. In short, there will never be another Biggio. He was the heart of the Astros, and in many ways, his legacy still impacts the Astros and the city of Houston today.
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