Ensberg on Biggio: 'I think it's completely ridiculous'
Reaction from around the baseball world has been steady since the Hall of Fame announced early Wednesday afternoon that there wouldn’t be a single enshrinee in Cooperstown’s class of 2013.
No player came closer to the necessary 75% of the vote than lifelong Houston Astro Craig Biggio. His 388 votes were 39 shy of induction, leaving Biggio out – and No. 7’s former teammates steamed.
“I’m still pretty hot about it right now,” said Morgan Ensberg, who played alongside Biggio from 2000 through 2007. “It’s completely ridiculous.”
Ensberg wasn’t the only former Astro to speak out. Geoff Blum, who has made two separate stops in Houston during his 13-year MLB career, called the Hall of Fame voting process a ‘complete joke’ on his Twitter account shortly after Wednesday’s announcement.
“[With] the numbers he put up for as long as he played in Houston, it’s a crime he is not in the Hall of Fame right now,” Blum said during an interview with Comcast SportsNet Houston.
“I’m extremely disappointed,” he added. “In [Biggio’s] case there has always been that benchmark of 3,000 hits. No matter what, 3,000 hits and you can write your own ticket into the Hall of Fame.”
The outrage wasn’t limited to Biggio’s exclusion from Cooperstown. Jeff Bagwell received 59.6% of the vote in his third year on the ballot, a number both of his former teammates found far from adequate.
“Biggio as well as Bagwell are no doubt Hall of Famers,” said Ensberg. “It’s clearly showing that there is a problem with how we go about voting for these guys.”
“I understand [Bagwell] not being a first ballot Hall of Famer," Blum acknowledged. "But I think between the three and five years it would’ve been great on the writers’ part to accept the fact that Jeff Bagwell was a phenomenal player during his time in Houston. Playing in the Astrodome and still putting up the incredible numbers, I think it’s just a matter of time for Bagwell.”