1 vote for the Hall of Fame – Bagwell or Biggio???

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.

  Biggio Bagwell
Years 20 15
Games 2850 2150
Batting Average 0.281 0.297
Hits 3060 2314
Home Runs 291 449
Steals 414 202
Positions Played 2B, C, OF 1B
Rookie of the Year N Y
Most Valuable Player N Y
All-Star 7 4
Silver Slugger 5 3
Gold Gloves 4 1

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??

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8 responses to “1 vote for the Hall of Fame – Bagwell or Biggio???

  1. I like both players a lot so this is a tough pick. They both had very good careers but I have to choose Craig Biggio b/c he played longer, he had more hits, and more stolen bases. Being able to play the infield and outfield after being a catcher is quite impressive.

  2. I’d choose Biggio. He’s a definite Hall of Famer as he was one of the greatest second basemen of his era, while I’m not sure if Bagwell will ever get in as he was one of many great first basemen and he didn’t hit 500 home runs.

  3. Definitely Biggio. Biggio excelled in several traditionally non-hitting positions. Bagwell’s numbers are good, but I see him as more boderdline.

  4. I’m going to go with Biggio. 3,000 hits, 400 stolen bases, 4 gold gloves and the versatility to play catcher, 2b and CF. That’s a rare combination.

  5. Bagwell all the way.
    For more stats and reasons WHY go to CraigBiggioSucks (dot com)

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  7. Biggio, Im not even sure Baggs get in.

  8. Bagwell definitely was better.

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