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The case for Craig Biggio for the Hall of Fame is beyond compelling

Jan 2, 2014, 6:37 AM EDT

He may not have done one thing better than anyone else, but he did EVERYTHING well. And if you don’t believe that, you will after watching this video.

Really: people could spill thousands of words arguing about it, but this one video will sway even the most skeptical when it comes to Craig Biggio.

  1. hojo20 - Jan 2, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    CB in the HOF? LOL!!!!

    • dcfan4life - Jan 2, 2014 at 7:18 AM

      3000 hits, he gets in for sure, whether its this year we don’t know, but he gets in.

    • sabatimus - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      Murray is that you?

    • Glenn - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      Any knowledgeable baseball fan and reader of Bill James knows that Craig Biggio should be a HOF lock. Shouldn’t we all recognize the little things that add up to team wins by now?

    • braxtonrob - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      @hojo20, Oh, but Howard Johnson I suppose deserves the honor, huh.

    • jeffa43 - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      You do realize he had more doubles than any right handed hitter ……. in HISTORY!!!!

      Oh, and that 3000 hit thing.

      If you don’t think Craig is deserving, you show your baseball ignorance is hall of fame worthy.

  2. dondada10 - Jan 2, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    The video had potential but was about 4 minutes too long.

    • southofheaven81 - Jan 2, 2014 at 7:43 AM

      Long videos & reading stuff is hard.

      • Paul Zummo - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        Eh, it kind of petered out like a Saturday Night Live skit, but overall was pretty well done.

      • dondada10 - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:36 AM

        My own comprehension was not the issue here. The video is redundant in both its approach toward comedy and its camera work. We get it, Biggio’s omnipotent and should be in the Hall of Fame as a result of his good deeds.

      • anxovies - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        dondada’s caustic reply had potential but used too many long words.

  3. chip56 - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    I’m not sure you need an article making a compelling case for Biggio. Just about everyone is in agreement over his credentials. It’s like making a compelling case that puppies are cute and Megan Fox is hot.

    An article showing why someone belongs in the hall would itself be more compelling if it was a fringe guy like McGriff, Schilling, Mussina or even Jack Morris. It’s a nice video though.

    • bmh9500 - Jan 2, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      and yet…

    • genericcommenter - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Mussina and Schilling are closer to the top tier of candidates than McGriff or Morris. In fact, going by JAWS they are well above Biggio, too. Biggio’s Hall Worthy, but he’s like 14th most worthy on the ballot (There are more than 10 HOF caliber guys on there). Morris isn’t even really in the discussion. His teammate on the ballot is a much worthier candidate, actually.

      Plus, Megan Fox is far from a universal symbol of hotness. She was a trendy, media-inspired one, for sure. She was even on a network sitcom for several years and posed in magazines before I heard anyone mention her in mainstream discussion. She was like a random Maxim model or any attractive youngish actress.

  4. heynyc61 - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    3,000 hits. For sure why is there a doubt? And it appears he isn’t a jerk

    • stoutfiles - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      Because some people believe he used steroids at the end of his career.

      • Kevin S. - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        Bad enough that we have to tiptoe around people’s baseless beliefs when it comes to deities. Now we have to do it for steroids too?

  5. largebill - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Craig,

    These sort of testimonials can be effective in swaying the voters, but the timing sucks. Votes had to be turned in two days ago.

    • dondada10 - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      Did you watch the video? These sort of testimonials aren’t too common.

      • largebill - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        Yes, I watched the video. I was kidding.

    • lloydrichey - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      Yeah too bad the media didn’t catch it when it was first uploaded.

  6. Paul Zummo - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Biggio, Maddux, Thomas, and Piazza are absolute, no-doubt Hall of Famers, and there are absolutely no compelling arguments against any of their candidacies. Bagwell is also almost no-doubt. There are other guys I’d vote for in a heartbeat, but at least there are some rationale arguments against them, but the guys just named should all be in immediately. Sadly it looks like only Maddux and Thomas will get in this year, though maybe Biggio sneaks across.

    • largebill - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:05 AM

      Paul,
      Glavine is also looking like a lock through the early ballots. Believe only three voters of the first 101 have omitted him from their ballot.

      • Paul Zummo - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:27 AM

        I didn’t mention Glavine because, although he is definitely worthy of being inducted, he’s not quite on the same level as the guys I mentioned, and I think not even as good as Schiling and Mussina (it’s debatable). But he does deserve enshrinement, and the more guys who get voted in this year the better, because it will clear up space to vote for other deserving candidates next year. My guess is Maddux, Thomas, and Glavine are locks, and Biggio might be the fourth, and that will be it.

  7. MoreRockin - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Is it normal to have career highs in home runs in the last years of your career? Biggio set career highs for HR’s at 38 and 39 years old. He also had the largest 3 year span of HR output in three out of the last 4 years of his career. Is this just a coincidence that this happened during the HGH/Roid era or is this perfectly normal?

    • dondada10 - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      I ask this already knowing the answer: Did Biggio’s home stadium change toward the end of his career? Perhaps to a park that was more homer friendly toward right handed hitters?

      • dondada10 - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        In 3686 at-bats in the Astrodome, Biggio had 64 homers. That was from 1988-1999.
        In 2627 at-bats in Enron/Minutemaid, Biggio had 79 homers. That was from 2000-2007.

        You can easily argue that the late homer binge was steroid aided, but Biggio’s slg% remained fairly static throughout his career.

      • stex52 - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:02 AM

        Biggio went from the Astrodome, which was one of the worst venues in the majors for HR’s (that’s why Bagwell didn’t quite get 500 HR) to Minute Maid, which is one of the easiest. Besides that, it has a short porch in left that favors right handers. You know that dondada.

        But the laziness with facts of most of the posters here is pretty discouraging.

    • cohnjusack - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      Is it normal to have career highs in home runs in the last years of your career?

      Not really, but when you consider he moved from the home run killing Astrodome to the homer friendly Minute Maid Park, it’s not that weird.

      I mean, changing ballsparks helped Hank Aaron. His top 4 years HR/AB ratio came at ages 39, 37, 35 and 38.

    • raysfan1 - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Yes, he hit 47% of his HRs in the final 42% of his career…after moving from a pitcher friendly park to a hitter friendly park, one the turned long fly ball outs into HRs…and he still wasn’t anyone’s definition of a slugger. Meanwhile, his doubles, OBP, and SB numbers all went down. His decline was more gradual than most perhaps, but he did decline. Cherry picking the HR stat without context is pretty silly.

      • stex52 - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        Right, Raysfan. A look at the data shows that his peak slugging years were about 27-32, which is pretty normal. The blip at age 38 wasn’t all that much of a blip in homeruns, and it just came from zeroing in on those Crawford boxes in left.

        Nothing to see here; move along…….

      • paperlions - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        Yeah, looking at his complete stat line, it looks like he was doing what a lot of guys do as they decline. Guessing. When you guess and are right, you tend to hit the ball harder and pull it. Biggio’s HRs went up (barely, they really stayed about the same on a PA basis), everything else went down.

  8. jm91rs - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    I had no idea the Pope quit because Biggio didn’t get in last year.

  9. MoreRockin - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    It actually took Biggio 5 full seasons at the new park to eclipse his highest HR production for a season. Coincidentally, this is when he had his highest HR total in a season. Coincidence or juice?

    • nategearhart - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      Yes, because “coincidence or juice” are the only two feasible options.

    • cohnjusack - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Eclipse is a strong word, isn’t it? He hit 26 home runs, which was the 7th time he stopped 20.

  10. MoreRockin - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    It actually took Biggio 5 full seasons in the new park to eclipse his highest HR total in a season. This was when Biggio was 38. He exceeded that total again in the following year at age 39. Coincidence or juice?

  11. ottercardinal - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Watched video…..wow good stuff….. Biggio still borderline to me and still PED possibility. But with players like Dawson and Rice getting in to hall based on those players Biggio gets in.

    • cohnjusack - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      Ahhh, ottercardinals word. Where 2nd baseman with power, 3000 hits and great speed are so common that their HOF candidacy’s are “borderline”.

      And please, how if Biggio any more of a “PED possibility” than Maddux, Glavine, Thomas, etc?

  12. butchhuskey - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Funniest part:

    “He really saved me from, from a mild inconvenience.”

  13. paperlions - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    At some point, instead of just giving it lip service, people need to really realize that defense and positional value are important. In general, it seems like the players that people consider “no doubt” HOFers are those that hit or hit for power and did little else well (or did it poorly), pitchers that were durable, and once-in-a-lifetime talents. There are far more guys that are worthy of recognition that those narrow definitions.

    Biggio is one of the 10 best 2B of all time. Does anyone really think that fewer than 10 2B should be in the HOF?

    Bagwell is one of the 10 best 1B of all time (he’s got a legitimate argument for top 5).

    Piazza is the best hitting catcher of all-time and was fine (average-ish) defensively.

    Trammel was easily a to 15 SS all-time and perhaps top 10 as he spent nearly his entire career at the position whereas many others spent 1/2 their career at a different position.

    Schiling has the highest k/BB ratio of any pitcher in the history of baseball (1000 IP limit).

    Time Raines was the 2nd best lead off hitter of all-time. He reached base more times than Tony Gwynn.

    The current HOF ballot is chock full of guys that were fantastic players, all-time talents at a time when baseball is better than it has ever been….but people can’t be bothered to notice and still evaluate HOF candidacy as it HR, and pitcher wins are all that mattered. There are at least 18 guys on the HOF ballot that would easily be among the best 50% of the players in the HOF, and we’ll be lucky if 4 are elected…and one of them may be the worst selection ever by the writers (the veterans committee has made dozens of dubious choices).

    • anxovies - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      paperlions: I was going to say that Biggio was the third-best leadoff hitter behind Gwynn and Ricky Henderson but then I looked at the stats. Surprising.

    • braxtonrob - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      @paperlions, Beautifully summarized!! Bravo!

  14. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    According to unnamed sources (That I’m totally not making up) Craig Biggio signed a deal with the devil back in 1872 that would allow him to come back in another life, illegally use steroids, and compile useless stats like hits and homeruns. This deal with the devil allowed him to become the leagues’ best cheater for many years, but he wasn’t a gamer, or a winner as he played in a football town and played a position that no one cares about. (Second base? More like first bench am I right?) Also, he was popular with computer stat nerds who get beat-up by their older brothers while in their mom’s basement covered in Cheetos and Jolt Cola. Also, he once spit on the face of a good natured, hardworking baseball reporter who does his job incredibly well, in spite of those computer types always trying to bring him down and totally never writes colums to fill space or to generate public buzz in a self serving manner. Don’t you know only the votes by people who work with a pencil count? The ones who vote on things like their gut and the people who pass the eye test? Besides, math is hard.

  15. davidbrentfan - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    F U C K YOU, B A S T A R D S!

  16. brooklynboy48 - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Mcgriff played clean during the PED era, hit 495 hr’s and was totally overlooked. MacGuire, Sosa et al are to blame. Mcgriff and Tim Raines should be in as well as Jack Morris. Screw sabermetrics.

  17. glasspoet1 - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    .352-35HR, multi Gold Gloves, same team whole career, overall great guy…….not a peep.

    Don Mattingly……….what’s wrong here?

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