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11. Craig Biggio

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3,000 Hits should make one a lock for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Craig Biggio became one of a handful of players to achieve this impressive milestone, yet his accomplishments are either quietly undervalued or overvalued; depending on your point of view.

Biggio began his career as a Catcher, but moved to Second Base where he went from a defensive liability to a four time Gold Glover. This matched the solid production he showed with his bat, as he could be consistently counted upon for a solid Batting Average, decent power, and above average speed. Although he was a multi time All Star, Biggio quietly hit the 3,000 hit mark, despite only hitting the 200 hit mark once. He topped 20 Home Runs eight times (but never hit 30). He did however lead the National League in Stolen Bases (once), Doubles (three times), Runs Scored (twice) and interestingly, being Hit by Pitches (five times). Basically, Craig Biggio dominated in areas that are not sexy by traditional standards, nor was his Sabremetric totals eye popping.

What he was however, was a durable and consistent player for nearly twenty years. The question is whether voters feel he is in the Hall of Fame, or the “Hall of Very, Very Good”. We would vote for the former.

The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Smithtown, New York, U.S.A.

Eligible Since:

Catcher/Second Base/Outfield

Played for:
Houston Astros

Major Accolades and Awards:
ML Hutch Award (2005)
Roberto Clemente Award (2007)
7 Time All Star (1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 & 1998)
Silver Slugger (5) (NL) (1989, 1994, 1995, 1997 & 1998)
Gold Glove (4) (NL) (1994, 1995, 1996 & 1997)
Most Runs Scored (2) (NL) (1995 & 1997)
Most Doubles (3) (NL) (1994, 1998 & 1999)
Most Stolen Bases (1) (NL) (1994)
Highest WAR for Position Players (1) (NL) (1997)

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten MVP Finishes:
(NL: 1997, 4th) & (NL: 1998, 5th)
2 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
4 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
1 Top Ten Finish (Slugging Percentage)
9 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
6 Top Ten Finishes (Most Hits)
2 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
6 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
2 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
5 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
5 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
4 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
1 Top Ten Finish (OPS)

Notable All Time Rankings:
5.     Doubles: 668
12.   At Bats: 12,876
13.   Runs Scored: 1,844
16.   Games Played: 2,850
21.   Hits: 3,060
31.   Total Bases: 4,711
63.   Walks: 1,160
64.   Stolen Bases: 414
77.   WAR for Position Players: 66.2

Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

Should Be Inducted As A:

Houston Astro

Should Craig Biggio be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 50%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 33.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%


+1 #1 P Smith 2013-01-11 14:29
Biggio was an example of consistent high performance over a long period. He may not have had a lot of "Top 5" seasons, but he had over a dozen "Top 10" seasons.

The steroid monkeys (e.g. McGwire, Palmiero) should NEVER get in the hall. Players like Biggio, Ichiro Suzuki and Albert Pujols should be celebrated all the more.

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