Once again, Astros legends Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio will be featured on the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. The 2014 ballot will officially be announced on Tuesday.
It will be Bagwell’s fourth appearance on the ballot. His percentage of votes has increased each of the last three years to 59.6 last year. Players need 75 percent of the votes for election. Biggio received 68.2 percent in his debut on the ballot last year.
“It would be everything not particularly for myself, but for the organization, the fans and my family,” said Biggio at an Astros’ golf outing the day after the team’s 2013 season ended. “That's really the way I look at it and what an exciting thing it would be if in early January we are to receive a good phone call, but we'll see what happens. You cross your fingers and hope for the best.”
If both Biggio and Bagwell are elected, they would be the first set of teammates to go into the Hall of Fame in the same year from the same club since the Yankees’ Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford were inducted in 1974.
“There is no question that both Craig and Jeff deserve to be in the Hall of Fame,” said Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan. “They were in the elite class of players of their era. Their numbers speak for themselves, but their many other attributes make them even more deserving. Both were team leaders that played the game the right way.
“And, most importantly, both played a significant role in the most successful run in franchise history that saw the Astros qualify for the playoffs six times in nine years, which included winning the pennant in 2005. We are extremely proud of Craig and Jeff and can’t think of two better candidates to represent the Astros in the Hall of Fame.”
Other notable former Astros joining Bagwell and Biggio on this year’s ballot are Roger Clemens (2004-06), Moises Alou (1998, 2000-01) and Jeff Kent (2003-04).
The 2014 ballot will officially be announced on Nov. 26 by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). The results will be announced on Jan. 8 with the induction ceremony in Cooperstown scheduled for July 27, 2014.