Bob Allen on Biggio’s Hall of Fame near-miss: ‘It stinks’

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by Associated Press & KHOU.com staff

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Posted on January 8, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 5:39 PM

HOUSTON -- KHOU 11 Sports Director Bob Allen on Wednesday shared his thoughts on former Houston Astro Craig Biggio not being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Biggio received 74.8 percent of the vote but needed 75 percent.

Biggio received 427 votes, matching Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin to just miss.

"Obviously, I’m disappointed to come that close. I feel for my family, the organization and the fans. Hopefully, next year," Biggio said in a written statement.

Biggio congratulated 2014 Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas on their election to the Hall.

Astros President Reid Ryan said they share the fans’ disappointment over the voting results.

"The Astros and our fans know that Craig deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and it is good to know that 74.8% of the Baseball Writers agree," Ryan said. "We’re hopeful it will happen in 2015."

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