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Craig Biggio

Craig Biggio

Position(s):
C, CF, LF, OF, RF, 2B, DH
Born:
December 14, 1965
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 11"
Weight:
185 lbs
Major League Debut:
6-26-1988 with HOU
Allstar Selections:
1989 SS, 1994 GG, 1994 SS, 1995 GG, 1995 SS, 1996 GG, 1997 BRA, 1997 GG, 1997 SS, 1998 SS, 2005 HA, 2007 RC

Intro

Craig Biggio traveled the path from catcher to second baseman, and then to center fielder, but no matter which position he played he was the heart and soul of the Houston Astros in the 1990s and early 2000s. The gritty Biggio won four Gold Glove Awards at second while helping the Astros to four division titles in five seasons, from 1997 to 2001. With Jeff Bagwell, Derek Bell, and later Lance Berkman, he was part of the famous "Killer B's," who unfortunately had little sting in the playoffs, losing in the first round four times. In 1998, Biggio joined Tris Speaker as the only players to steal 50 bases and hit 50 doubles in a single season. In 2007, he became the first Astro to reach the 3,000-hit mark.

Unform Number

#4 (1988), #7 (1989-present)

Quotes From

"I couldn't have scripted it any better. As a baseball player, the way the fans treated me. ... I've said for a long time, I love these guys, I love this city, I worked hard here and they appreciated that." — Craig Biggio on the night of his 3,000th hit "It matters to me. Do I like it? No. I hate it. I know some people here are happy that I'm out of there again. For me, I know I have to start swinging the bat better. Once I start swinging the bat better, I'll be back at the top of the order. It's something that I've got to fix, watch video and make it right." — Craig Biggio, on being demoted from first to sixth in the lineup by manager Phil Garner, May 2007

Replaced By

Eddie Taubensee was supposed to be the next great thing at catcher, so Biggio was moved to second base in 1992. There were other reasons: Houston wanted to prolong Biggio's career, but Taubensee was also a hot prospect. Taubensee never panned out, but Biggio stayed at second base, earning four Gold Gloves. When the Astros signed Jeff Kent as a free agent in 2003, Biggio was moved to center field, which had long been rumored.

Best Season

Biggio won his second Gold Gloce and made just 10 errors at second base. At the plate, Biggio got on base via hit 167 times, walked 80 times, ans was hit by 22 pitches. He also stole 33 bases in 41 tries, scored 123 runs, had 30 doubles, 22 homers, and 77 RBI. He hit .302 and had an OBP above .400, per usual.

Factoid 1

In 1998, Craig Biggio became the second player in baseball history to collect 50 doubles and 50 stolen bases in the same season, joining Hall of Famer Tris Speaker.

Factoid 2

On June 28, 2007, Craig Biggio became the first player to collect five hits in the same game in which he reached the 3,000-hit mark. Biggio lined a single in the seventh inning to reach the magical plateau.

Transition

June 2, 1987: Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 1st round (22nd pick) of the 1987 amateur draft; October 31, 1995: Granted Free Agency; December 14, 1995: Signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros.

Strengths

Adaptability and grittiness.

Weaknesses

His disappointing performances in the post-season.

Milestones

Biggio collected his 2,000th hit in 2001, and his 2,500th hit in 2004. On June 28, 2007, he reached the 3,000-hit mark, lacing five hits against the Rockies in a game played in Houston. Biggio also has more than 200 homers and 400 stolen bases.

Feats

Biggio played in a Astros' franchise-record 494 consecutive games, through August 5, 1998.

Major League Leaders (1994-2003)

Most Runs Scored, MLB (1994-2003) Jeff Bagwell... 1,051 Barry Bonds... 1,029 Craig Biggio... 997 Sammy Sosa... 944 Kenny Lofton... 927 Most Times Hit by Pitch, MLB (1994-2003) Craig Biggio... 186 Fernando Vina... 138 Jason Kendall... 133 Chuck Knoblauch... 121 Brady Anderson... 118 Andres Galarraga... 118 Most Hits, MLB (1994-2003) Bernie Williams... 1,532 Craig Biggio... 1,496 Sammy Sosa... 1,496 Roberto Alomar... 1,492 Rafael Palmeiro... 1,490 Jeff Bagwell... 1,475

Notes

Entering the 2007 season, Biggio held the Houston franchise marks for most career games played, at-bats, hits, runs scored, doubles, and times hit by a pitch... In 2007, Biggio became the ninth player to collect 3,000 hits while playing for one team.

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3000 hit club, All Star, Baseball History, Branch Rickey Award, Craig Biggio, Gold Glove, Houston Astros, Hutch Award, Roberto Clemente Award, Silver Slugger Award

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