HOUSTON – Many believe Craig Biggio will get the call from Cooperstown and Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. As for his former teammate Jeff Bagwell, the group of believers is a little smaller.
For his part, Biggio is on the side of “Yes” when it comes to the former Astros first baseman.
“He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame,” Biggio said.
Bagwell’s problem doesn’t reside in his numbers. Those are worthy of a place in Cooperstown. Bagwell had a career batting average of .297 with 449 home runs, 2,314 hits and 1,529 runs batted in.
It’s what he didn’t do on the field that has held him back as the steroid rumors continue to swirl around his name. Biggio thinks that grouping him in with that group, despite the lack of evidence isn’t right.
“That’s just not fair. To look at everyone and group them in the same category is just not fair,” Biggio said. “You’re talking about speculation. The guy never failed a drug test, the guy worked hard.”
In 2013, Bagwell received 59.6% of the vote.
Regardless of the outcome of Wednesday’s vote, the two long-time teammates don’t bring up the Hall of Fame. If it happens, then that’s icing on the cake.
“We never talk about it. We were two east coast kids that came to Texas,” Biggio said. “We live here, we love it here and we made it our life here and our big dream from day one was to get to the World Series.”
They did just that in 2005 and along with it, made sure to affect the baseball attitude in Houston.
“We changed the culture here,” Biggio said. “We changed the culture of the wanting to win every year and now our fans expect us to win every year. We take a lot of pride in that.”