The Baseball Writers Association of America made its final decision on the 2013 Hall of Fame class, and they’ve decided nobody was worthy of induction this year.
This year’s class was previously talked about possibly being one of the best ever, with all-time great hitter Barry Bonds and all-time great pitcher Roger Clemens leading the way. But no, the BBWAA robbed us of that for at least one year, making most question the whole process. Clearly, the steroid era means something to the writers who vote, but to keep some of the names out despite having no evidence they used steroids is ludicrous.
Like former Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio, arguably the greatest player in franchise history. Biggio was and still is the face of this proud franchise. Yes, the Astros have been struggling for the past several years, but most of us fans remember the glory years that were the late 90s and early 2000s. Biggio was as consistent as they come and no team could ask more of their lead-off hitter.
Biggio is in the illustrious 3000 hit club, collecting 3,060 over his career which ranks 21st all time. He also scored 1,844 runs, which ranks 15th in MLB history. He is 33rd in total bases and fifth all time with 668 doubles. He is third all-time for home runs by a second baseman and won the Silver Slugger award five times (four as 2B)—only Ryne Sandberg had more as a second baseman.
The guy was a terrific player and one of the greatest lead-off hitters ever. To exclude him from the Hall is a complete and utter joke and every writer who didn’t put him in should be stripped of their vote. Biggio garnered 68 percent of the vote, just seven off the needed 75 percent.
I can see why Jeff Bagwell shouldn’t have been a first or even second ballot Hall of Famer, but this being his third opportunity he should be inducted. He, along with Biggio, was one of the greatest players in franchise history and has the numbers to back up his induction.
He is 6th all-time among first basemen in Wins Above Replacement, combined with 449 home runs, a .297 average and 1,529 RBIs over his 15 year career. The average career WAR for first basemen in the Hall of Fame is 62.3; Bagwell’s is 76.7.
I’m embarrassed for the BBWAA. Frankly, the entire process should be re-evaluated if players like these are denied enshrinement in Cooperstown. Don’t even get me started on Mike Piazza, who is one of the best catchers of all time and did not qualify this year.
The writers can’t seem to get past the steroid era of baseball, which admittedly tarnished the game, but should not be held against players who are not proven steroid users.
Whoever didn’t vote for these Astros needs to get a clue.