Craig Biggio on his HOF bid
In his first year of eligibility, Houston Astros great Craig Biggio will be on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.
The Baseball Writers Association of America will officially announce the ballot for the 2013 class on Wednesday morning. Biggio will join longtime teammate Jeff Bagwell, who will be on the Hall of Fame ballot for the third year. The results will be announced on Jan. 9 with the induction ceremony taking place on July 28.
“I really can’t believe it has been five years (since retiring),” Biggio said. “To be included on the ballot is an incredible feeling. It is hard to put into words. I would of played the game for free if I had to. I just enjoyed the game for what it was and the opportunity to go out there and compete day in and day out.”
"Craig Biggio is an iconic player who is deserving of being a first-ballot Hall of Famer," Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said. "He is a superb representative of the organization, the city, the fans and the game of baseball."
Biggio spent his entire career with the Astros, beginning in 1988 until his retirement in 2007. Highlights of his career: 3,060 hits, 1,844 runs and a .281 batting average during 2,850 career games that saw Biggio excel at catcher and second base and even in the outfield. Among many accolades, he is also a seven-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove award winner and a five-time Silver Slugger award winner.
The Astros retired Biggio’s No. 7 in 2008. He has stayed with the team in an executive role, working as a special assistant to the general manager.
Here is a more extensive list of Biggio’s accomplishments in Biggio By the Numbers.