BBHOF Profile: Craig Biggio

LOS ANGELES - APRIL:  Craig Biggio #7 of the Houston Astros bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers during an April 1990 game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Bernstein Associates/Getty Images)

It has been a bit of a wait for Astros fans to see one of their own, that they saw from start to finish, enter the hall of fame.

That time seemed to come when Craig Biggio, who only ever played for the Astros, was eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

He was a great hitter and defensive player and for many seemed like he was set to be a first ballot hall of famer with few other challengers.

Unfortunately for Biggio his first year of eligibility was also the first year of a number of very high-profile players who had a major debate surrounding them.

These were the faces of the steroid era in baseball as Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds were up for election to the hall of fame.

The Baseball Writers Association decided that they were going to use 2013 as a time to send a message to those involved in the steroid era.

They decided to elect nobody to the hall of fame and the major names on the list like Clemens and Bonds fell down the list.

At the top of the list was Biggio, a player never connected with steroids, but he had only 68.2% of the vote rather than the required 75%.

It was an unfortunate time for Biggio as he seemed like one of the few legitimate hall of famers in the class and yet he could not find his way into Cooperstown.

Heading into 2014 it seemed like he had another good shot of making the Hall of Fame only needed another 7% to earn his spot in the Hall of Fame.

The only issue was a new set of stars found themselves eligible for the Hall of Fame and all were Hall of Fame players when they were in the MLB.

Once again Biggio took a backseat to other stars in the voting as Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and frank Thomas earned the votes needed while Biggio missed by a fraction.

With 74.8% of the vote Biggio once again missed out on his chance to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame and this time by only a few votes.

It was another year where a great player could not make it and for Astros fans another year where they couldn’t see a fan favourite in the hall of fame.Craig Biggio's Last Game

Biggio was in serious danger of becoming another player who can never quite make it as more and more players get a chance to earn their spot.

With a number of big names coming up, Biggio looked like he might be the victim of being great but just not better than the others eligible.

In 2015 he was up against some major names in Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and Jon Smoltz.

Then came the call as Biggio had found his way in among that group of names with 82.7% of the vote.

Finally Biggio had been elected to the hall after years of waiting and a career that had made him one of the best hitters in the league.

A 5-time Silver Slugger with a career batting average of .281 and a career OPS of .796 he was one of the best pure hitters of his era.

He didn’t have the power that makes most people recognize a hitter but the art of hitting was displayed every time he stepped to the plate.

Adding his defensive prowess to his game, earning four golden gloves, made him that much better of a player.

The fact that he didn’t hit the long ball at a time when that was the biggest part of the game may have hurt him but his combination of batting and fielding makes him a Hall of Famer.

It is hard to keep someone out who can do all that Biggio did out of the Hall of Fame and so he finally makes his way into Cooperstown giving the Astros fans their first pure hall of famer.


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