There once was a time when 3,000 career hits meant that you were an automatic for Hall of Fame enshrinement. Craig “Mr. Astro” Biggio ended his illustrious career with 3,060 lifetime safeties–so why did the baseball writers opt to exclude him from last year’s Hall of Fame induction class? Many believe that the voters, members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, chose to cast fewer votes than usual because of the steroid stigma that surrounds the era in which Craig played. Yet Mr. Biggio has never had his name linked to steroid abuse, nor has his character ever been questioned. Craig was one of the few (and lets emphasize few here folks) professional athletes that a parent would not feel uncomfortable with their child accepting as a role model. He has always been a class act–a man well respected–who was denied his rightful place in the Hall of Fame. Should the writers place their high horses back in the stables where they belong, Mr. Biggio will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next year.
Craig is a seven-time All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger winner, and four-time Gold Glove recipient. He rests fifth all-time in career doubles and only fourteen players in the history of baseball have scored more runs than him.