Congratulations, Jeff Bagwell: the Houston Astros’ all-time leader in homers and RBIs and chin hair was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame today, leading the field with more than 86% of the vote on his seventh time around!
I say he deserves it: some of his power numbers don’t reach the level of obvious Hall of Famer, but they’re damn close…but he was also an all-around player, a great fielder and baserunner, and a respected team leader. This Astros fan will be proud to watch him join the best of the best in Cooperstown this summer.
Craig Biggio did not win election to the Hall of Fame today. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas did, and they deserve it; congratulations to them. For the second year in a row, his first two years of eligibility, the Houston Astros icon was the biggest vote-getter without getting the 75% of votes required from members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Last year, when the writers elected no one, Biggio was the leading candidate but came up 39 votes short; this time, it was two. TWO VOTES, out of
571 569 (nope, now they say 571 after all)! Don’t those people understand that Biggio is a great guy?
I mean, Houston’s Leading Information Source switched into full cheerleader mode last week (as it did this time last year), fulfilling its civic responsibility of promoting Biggio’s candidacy by reminding readers that he is…well, that he is a nice man. Jose de Jesus Ortiz made the point that Biggio’s teammates think he’s a great guy, and that his agreeing to switch positions showed his further greatness; new guy Evan Drellich has found that even people who knew Biggio as a kid say he’s a lovely fellow. (To a lesser degree the Chronicle tried to shine the same sweet sunlight on Biggio’s teammate and pal Jeff Bagwell, who carries credentials that match up pretty well with Frank Thomas but who also labors under the suspicion of having used performance-enhancing drugs; he was seventh on today’s list of candidates with more than 54% of the vote.)
But I’ve just discovered that even the local daily doesn’t know it all. A tweet from Lance Zierlein led me to this eye-opening YouTube video that should convince any remaining skeptics who aren’t sold on Craig Biggio being a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame. Just take a look for yourself.
What else must this man do? I mean, really…