Astros players rooting for Biggio to get into HOF
With early returns coming in, the news looks to be good for Craig Biggio’s election into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
The website www.baseballthinkfactory.org has compiled a running total of ballots members of the Baseball Writers Association of America have made public to see which players might earn induction into the Hall of Fame this summer.
Biggio, who earned the most votes of any player on the 2012 ballot with 68.2 percent, is on the ballot of 78.9 percent of the 161 ballots, or 28.3 percent of the ballots submitted last year. To be elected to the Hall of Fame a player must be listed on at least 75 percent of the BBWAA ballots.
Unlike last year when the BBWAA failed to vote anyone into the HOF, there will be four players enshrined this year if the numbers hold up. Pitchers Greg Maddux (99.4 percent) and Tom Glavine (96.3 percent), as well as first baseman/designated hitter Frank Thomas (90.7 percent) appear to be well on their way to getting the necessary votes on their first time on the ballot.
Biggio, who spent all of his 20-year career with the Houston Astros, was an All Star seven times, won the Silver Slugger five times and the Gold Glove twice while accumulating 3,060 hits (No. 21 all-time), 668 doubles (No. 5 all-time) and 1,844 runs scored (No. 15 all-time).
Another former Astros player on the ballot, Jeff Bagwell, would fall short for the fourth time if the results follow form. Bagwell’s name was on 97 of the 161 ballots submitted, or 60.2 percent. That number still represents a steady climb for Bagwell, who was listed on just 41. 7 percent of ballots in his first year of eligibility in 2011. Bagwell was on 56.0 percent in 2012 and 59.6 percent in 2013.