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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Biggio in the Hall of Fame?

The topic came up during our weekly podcast whether or not Craig Biggio will be a Hall of Famer.

If Biggio isn't a Hall of Famer, I'd love to know what would qualify him as one.

Originally brought into the league as a catcher, he's been a second baseman for the majority of his career. Consider that for a moment. Most times catchers get moved to first base (Johnny Bench, Mike Piazza, Gary Carter), but Biggio switched to a harder position.

Let's compare him to some of the other second baseman in the Hall:

Bobby Doerr - . 288 average, 2,042 hits, 223 home runs.

Bill Mazeroski - . 260 average, 2,016 hits, 138 home runs (one of which won the World Series for the Pirates).

Ryne Sandberg (whom one Times staffer considers the best second baseman) - .285 average, 2,386 hits, 282 HR, 76.2% of voters

Biggio's numbers? .282 average, 3,009 hits and 286 HR.

Those seem like HoF-worthy numbers, especially when compared against the best second basemen of all time.


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