This always makes for interesting debate. Here you have 2 guys that played for the same team and mostly together for 15 years. 2 completely different styles – yet both achieved extremely solid reputations as great players. You cannot mention 1 without the other – Biggio and Bagwell are Peanut Butter and Jelly…
Where do you start with this? Here are some of the numbers that get thrown around when the debate for the getter player takes place.
|Positions Played||2B, C, OF||1B|
|Rookie of the Year||N||Y|
|Most Valuable Player||N||Y|
I find the number of steals particularly interesting. Biggio was just a few swipes away from joining the 300/300 club. Bagwell didn’t do too bad either when it came to base running as 200+ steals for a first baseman is hard to come by(even if it is over 15 seasons).
In a very tight race, my vote goes to Bagwell. With a higher career batting average, a ROY award, an MVP award, home runs, and strong steals Bagwell is my choice. I take nothing away from Biggio. Being a member of the 3,000 hits club and narrowly missing the 300 home run/300 steals club is nothing to take lightly. But his average is lower and I don’t think that at any time Biggio was ever considered to be the best player in the league. If he got into the 300/300 club my vote might swing to him. But, who knows what Bagwell could have done with another 5 seasons… 500 HR’s would be a certainty and a career average above .300 a possibility.
So, the vote is yours and you can only choose one of these guys. Who’s your pick and why??