Biggio's former players at St. Thomas believe 'he was robbed'

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by Shern-Min Chow / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 9, 2014 at 12:03 PM

HOUSTON — Few fans were more disappointed by Craig Biggio not making the Hall of Fame than the baseball players he coached at St. Thomas High School. The former Astro was head coach there for five years, when his two sons were students.

For the teens who played under Coach Biggio, Number 7 missing the trip to Cooperstown was a crime.

"I feel like he was robbed," said senior Michael Rodgers.

"I consider him robbed," agreed senior Ben Condara.

Senior Jordan Bautista-Rosales added, "It aggravates me," senior Jordan Bautista-Rosales added.

And Brian Schwarzbach, class of 2012, didn’t mince words. "I honestly thought it was a travesty."

They pull no punches either, saying the miss was a bad call by the baseball writers focused on an era of performance-enhancing drugs.

"I feel like maybe a lot writers have let a lot of ego get in the way of their voting when they want to just try to punish people being associated with an era even though they were never named and completely clean from any allegations," Schwarzbach, now a sophomore at Penn, said.

Biggio’s assistant coach Mike Netzel also had tough words for the writers.

"[They] write about but don’t know, don’t know the person, don’t know how is teammates, his peers feel about him."

For the St. Thomas seniors, missing the cut by .2 percent is like missing the grade on a major test.

"I’m not going down without a fight," Condara joked.

"I’d ask for a recount, maybe a retake," said Bautista-Rosales.

Many know what he did as a player, but outside of Houston many do not know what he did as head coach at St. Thomas. It was more than just an honorary title.

"Most of the guys go off into sunset and don’t do anything else but rest on the laurels of their careers," Netzel said. "He never did that. He was out here, cutting the grass, dragging the infield, doing the work."

The players and other fans are confident the former "Killer B" will eventually be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. This is only his second of 15 years of eligibility.

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