Hall of Fame? Biggio by the numbers

Hall of Fame? Biggio by the numbers
November 26, 2012, 7:15 pm
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Sep 21, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second former baseman Craig Biggio poses for a photo with second baseman Jose Altuve (27) before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Minute Maid Park.

(Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE)

*3,060 career hits rank 21st all-time in MLB history and 5th all-time in NL history among RHH.

*Is one of just 28 players in the history of MLB to record 3,000 hits (24 of the other 27 players are in the Hall of Fame - Derek Jeter, Rafael Palmeiro and Pete Rose are the others not in the HOF).

*Is one of just 10 players in the modern era to reach the 3,000 hit plateau while playing all of his games with the same team.

*Has more hits than 138 Hall of Famers, including:  Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Reggie Jackson, Ryne Sandberg, Yogi Berra, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson

*His 668 doubles are a MLB record for a RHH and rank 5th all-time among all hitters.

*His 285 HBPs rank 1st all-time in MLB history.

*Is one of just 34 players with 1,000 career extra base hits.

*Is one of just 13 players with both 1,000 extra base hits and 3,000 total hits, joining a select list: Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Rafael Palmeiro, Carl Yastrzemski, Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, George Brett, Eddie Murray, Dave Winfield, Cal Ripken Jr. and Pete Rose (Biggio is just the second player who was primarily a middle infielder to accomplish this feat, joining Ripken).

*His 53 leadoff homer are a NL record and rank second all-time in MLB history.

*Is the only player in MLB history to reach all four of the following milestones: 600 doubles, 250 homers, 3,000 hits and 400 stolen bases

*Is one of only three players to reach 3,000 hits, 200 homers and 400 steals, joining Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Rickey Henderson.

*Was a vital member of six postseason teams and a NL Pennant winning club in 2005.

*One of eight players all-time with 100 career steals of third base (107)

*Led MLB in runs twice (1995, 1997)

*Led MLB in doubles three times (1994, 1998, 1999)

*Led MLB in steals once (1994)

*In 1998, joined Tris Speaker (HOF) as the only players to collect 50-or-more doubles and 50-or-more stolen bases in the same season


Below is a comparison done by Baseball Reference of Biggio to an average Hall of Famer:


                              Years     ASG         PA              AB            R              H          2B       3B      HR       RBI        SB       BB          BA        OBP  

HOF AVG          18            6          9009        7926     1323     2399    410    110    211    1213    229     893      .303    .376 

Biggio                20           7        12504      10876    1844    3060    668      55     291    1175    414   1160     .281    .363 




*Five Silver Slugger awards, one as a catcher, four as a second baseman, latter ranks T-3rd for the position.

*Is one of five players to win the Silver Slugger award at multiple positions, joining Albert Pujols, Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla and Miguel Cabrera.

*Seven All-Star appearances (voted the starter at second base in four straight seasons from 1995-98).

*Became first player ever to be named an All-Star at both catcher (1991) and second base (1992).

*Four-time Gold Glove winner (ranks T-7th all-time among second basemen)

*1997 Branch Rickey Award winner - given to the player  “who personifies service above self”

*2007 Clemente Award winner - given to the palyer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team”



*First in hits (3,060)

*First in doubles (668)

*First in games played (2,850)

*Fourth in total bases with 4,711 (trailed Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro and Ken Griffey Jr.)

*Fifth in extra base hits with 1,014 (trailed Bonds, Palmeiro, Griffey and Sammy Sosa)

*10th in steals (414)


SOLID DECADE (from 1992-2001):

*Led all second basemen in games played, at-bats, runs, doubles, walks, intentional walks, on-base percentage

*Second among second basemen in hits and batting average

*Fourth among second basemen in homers and fifth in stolen bases



*Using Baseball Reference’s Wins Above Replacement metric, Biggio ranks ahead of many Hall of Famers with his 62.1 Wins Above Replacement for his career.

*Tallied more Wins Above Replacement than Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Billy Williams, Dave Winfield, Juan Marichal, Jackie Robinson, Dennis Eckersley, Bob Feller, Yogi Berra, Harmon Killebrew, Whitey Ford, Willie Stargell, Enos Slaughter, Kirby Puckett, Ralph Kiner, Sandy Koufax, Jim Rice and Lou Brock.

*Using Baseball Reference’s similarity scores (created by Bill James), Biggio’s career statistics rate the most similar to Robin Yount (HOF), Derek Jeter, Joe Morgan (HOF), Paul Molitor (HOF), Roberto Alomar (HOF), Cal Ripken Jr. (HOF), and George Brett (HOF).

*Biggio rates as a 57 on Bill James’ Hall of Fame Standards Score, which determines how well a player’s career statistics match up to the typical standards of a Hall of Famer. A score of 50 represents the career of an average Hall of Famer.



*Biggio was and still is actively involved with The Sunshine Kids, a support organization for children with cancer and their families. As a player, he helped raise approximately $2.5 million for the organization.

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