Marveling At The Greatness Of Craig Biggio…
I don’t know why, but I found myself on the Craig Biggio page of www.BaseballReference.com and I was quickly put in awe of his incredible stats. I never saw him play that much, and I have no real feelings for the Astros, but I cannot stop thinking about how solid of a big league ballplayer Biggio was. I wonder how many others missed it along with me…
I am scrapping my original plans for a post tonight, so I can give you some Biggio.
Ok, starting off with the obvious, Biggio played twenty years for the same team – he gets credit just for doing that as he played in the wildest free agency era in baseball so far.
Now, on to the numbers: Biggio tallied 3,060 hits, scored 1,844 runs, hit 668 doubles, crushed 201 home runs, stole 414 bases, has a lifetime batting average of .281, drove in 1,175 runs, and amassed an on-base percentage of .363.
Very impressive! And while Biggio didn’t bring home any MVP trophies, he did win 4 Gold Gloves and 5 Silver Slugger trophies while also making the All-Star team 7 times.
But, here is what impressed me more. It’s how high he ranks in certain statistical categories. He is comparable to some of the game’s greatest players, so in a way I guess that confirms that he too should be spoken of when discussing that group.
Check this out:
- 15th in games played – ahead of Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, and George Brett
- 12th in at-bats – ahead of Brooks Robinson, Paul Molitor, and Lou Brock
- 13th in runs scored – ahead of Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, and Mickey Mantle
- 20th in hits – ahead of Rod Carew, Wade Boggs, and Roberto Clemente
- 2nd in hit-by-pitch
Biggio has surpassed some of the sport’s most talented offensive players in some major categories.
I just wish that I paid a little more attention to it while it was happening – he deserved that!!!