After a 20 year Major League career and five years of retirement, Astros legend Craig Biggio will have to wait at least one more year before being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame after failing to get the required 75 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers of America.
Biggio garnered the largest percentage of the 37 candidates on the ballot at 68.2 percent. Fellow Astro Jeff Bagwell had the third highest percentage at 59.6
It was Biggio’s first time on the hall of fame ballot, and he can be considered up to 14 more times if he’s not elected in future years.
Bill Brown, the Astros longtime television announcer predicts a short wait for Biggio to get elected. "Biggio will surely be elected in 2014 if he falls short in 2013," Brown wrote Tuesday. "Roberto Alomar did, and Biggio has superior numbers to his in many of the statistics."
Biggio, who spent most of his career at second base for the Astros, collected 3,060 hits, 668 doubles, 1,844 runs scored and 414 stolen bases while wearing an Astros uniform. 3,000 hits has long been considered one of baseball’s ‘magic’ numbers that essentially earns a player enshrinement into the hall of fame. But with the rise of players from the steroid era coming up for consideration voters have been altering their criteria for selection.
Since Biggio has never been associated with any sort of steroid scandal, it is expected that his election into the Baseball Hall of Fame will happen eventually, perhaps as soon as next year.
He played on seven all star teams, first as a catcher and then as a second baseman, won 5 Silver Slugger and four Gold Glove Awards during his career.
The voters we less kind to those players that have been directly linked to steroid use during their playing careers. Roger Clemens, who won 354 games in his career and won one of his seven Cy Young Awards with the Astros received 37.6 percent of the vote, while home run king Barry Bonds finished with 36.2 percent of the vote. It was the first time on the ballot for both players.
Other players directly linked to steroids fared much worse. Sammy Sosa debuted in the balloting with just 12.5 percent of the vote, while Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro failed to get more than 17 percent of the vote.