by Tommy Gimler
Since 1962, every eligible member of the 3,000 hit club has been elected into Cooperstown on their first ballot except Rafael Palmeiro. But he was left out not because he’s an asshole who once plowed his teammate Ryne Sandberg’s wife, but because he’s a proven PED user. This year, Craig Biggio is up for the greatest honor the sport of baseball has to offer outside of nailing Marilyn Monroe, but sadly, according to the latest projections from various media outlets, Biggio will fall 4 to 5% short of the necessary 75% of the vote needed to get in, and that is a bigger tragedy than the band Train winning multiple Grammy Awards. Yup, Train won not one but multiple Grammy Awards.
Forget the fact that Biggio is one of the ten 3,000-hit members to play his entire career for only one team, the rest of this career totals alone would be HOF worthy regardless of whether he played for the Houston Astros or some other meaningless team like the Kansas City Royals as well.
Craig Biggio played almost 72% of his 2,850 games at second base. For the sake of argument, he was a second baseman. Don’t fuck with me on this. Rod Carew’s Hall of Fame numbers are listed as a second baseman even though he played less than 49% of his games at the position. Check this out:
- Biggio’s 3,060 hits are not only 21st highest total by any player to ever play the game but also the 3rd most ever collected by a second baseman. Only Eddie Collins and Nap Lajoie have more. In fact, 16 other second basemen are in the Hall of Fame with less hits than Biggio.
- Biggio’s 1,844 runs are the most ever by a second baseman and 15th most among any player in MLB history.
- Biggio also leads all second baseman ever in games, plate appearances, doubles, and hit by pitch (HBP).
- Only three Hall-Of-Famers have more doubles than Biggio’s 668 (Speaker, Musial, Cobb), and it’s the fifth highest total of all-time (Pete Rose also has more).
- Only Hughie Jennings, whose career spanned from 1891 to 1918, was hit by more pitches than Craig Biggio. Don’t think HBP is an important stat? Well, Hughie Jennings is in the Hall of Fame even though he only had 1,527 hits in his career.
- Biggio stole 414 bases during his career. Only 23 players in the Hall of Fame have a higher total, and only nine other second basemen have stolen more bases than Biggio.
- Only Rogers Hornsby has created more runs (2,049) than Biggio’s 1,832 as a second baseman. That total is also the 32nd highest total ever compiled by any player.
On a ballot consisting of guys like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, and Palmeiro, guys who put milk in their bowls of steroids every morning, here is a guy who spent 20 years with one organization, compiled some of the best numbers ever by a second baseman, and exemplified everything thing that the game of baseball is about (short of winning the World Series, of course), and the BBWAA is going to keep him out of the Hall?
If there was ever a time to show baseball fans and the youth of America what it takes to get into and what will keep you out of the Hall of Fame, this is the ballot to do so. And even if the ballot wasn’t filled with cheating turds like Bonds, Clemens, and Palmeiro, Biggio should be a no-brainer.
Still not convinced?
Rod Carew was a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 1991, and while his career batting average of .328 with seven AL batting crowns is more impressive than a Peter North cum shot, he finished his career with less hits, runs, doubles, stolen bases, home runs, RBI, walks, HBP, and total bases as well as more GIDP and CS (caught stealing) than Craig Biggio…