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Craig Biggio
2014 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Craig Biggio

The first table below presents Craig Biggio's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Craig Biggio
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1988HOU22
50
2.73.30.449-0.3
-0.0
3.13.30.484-0.00.2
1989HOU23
134
13.912.10.5351.3
2.2
13.411.80.5311.22.1
1990HOU24
150
16.416.90.493-0.3
0.9
16.316.30.500-0.11.1
1991HOU25
149
14.514.00.5090.7
1.8
15.013.80.5221.02.1
1992HOU26
162
21.420.20.5150.5
2.1
22.120.60.5170.62.2
1993HOU27
155
21.519.10.5301.3
2.9
20.417.40.5391.53.0
1994HOU28
114
17.112.70.5752.3
3.5
15.913.00.5511.52.7
1995HOU29
141
22.317.10.5672.8
4.4
22.318.50.5462.13.7
1996HOU30
162
22.719.50.5382.0
3.7
22.220.10.5251.43.1
1997HOU31
161
23.818.50.5632.8
4.5
25.318.70.5753.45.2
1998HOU32
160
25.217.90.5843.7
5.3
23.819.80.5462.03.8
1999HOU33
160
23.020.50.5291.2
2.9
21.920.10.5220.92.5
2000HOU34
101
11.411.70.494-0.0
0.9
12.811.70.5230.71.6
2001HOU35
155
21.016.50.5602.2
3.9
20.218.60.5210.82.5
2002HOU36
145
17.117.80.489-0.2
1.2
17.517.30.5030.31.7
2003HOU37
153
18.218.20.500-0.2
1.2
18.217.50.5100.21.6
2004HOU38
156
17.719.50.476-1.4
0.0
18.918.80.502-0.51.0
2005HOU39
155
20.417.50.5381.3
2.7
18.817.50.5180.51.9
2006HOU40
145
15.316.80.475-0.7
0.5
15.416.60.480-0.50.7
2007HOU41
141
12.915.70.450-1.5
-0.4
12.415.30.448-1.5-0.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,849
358.5325.40.52417.3
44.0
356.0326.60.52215.542.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
40
3.75.10.420 -0.44.14.90.457 -0.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,889
362.2330.50.524
43.6
360.1331.50.522 42.1


This is Craig Biggio's second year on the Hall-of-Fame ballot. In last year's Hall-of-Fame ballot series, I evaluated Bill James's claim that Craig Biggio was the best player in baseball in the late 1990s.

For this year's article, I thought I'd compare Biggio to second basemen already in the Hall of Fame (who debuted in 1947 or later). The next table compares the career records of players in the Hall of Fame who amassed at least half of their career wins at second base, plus Craig Biggio. The players are sorted by career pWins over replacement level.

Hall-of-Fame Second Basemen
(ranked by career pWORL)
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
Joe L. Morgan374.0292.346.272.7
Roberto Alomar314.4280.720.944.3
Craig Biggio358.5325.417.344.0
Craig Biggio358.5325.417.344.0
Jackie Robinson195.9140.126.139.7
Rod Carew295.1259.816.939.2
Nellie Fox294.4276.014.937.8
Ryne Sandberg287.6255.116.637.2
Bill Mazeroski245.8247.94.824.7


I think that Craig Biggio is mostly thought of as a "career" candidate for the Hall of Fame. I believe that this is because of two things. First, he is perceived as having hung around for at least two seasons too long just to collect his 3,000th hit, which is fair enough. The other reason, I think, why Biggio is viewed as more of a career candidate, though, is because Biggio's prime was (and still is) under-appreciated.

As I showed in last year's article about Biggio, his prime compares favorably to Ken Griffey, Jr.'s concurrent prime. Ken Griffey, Jr. was elected to start nine All-Star games in his career and finished in the top 5 in MVP voting five times, including winning one in 1997. Craig Biggio, on the other hand, was elected to start four All-Star games and finished in the top 5 in MVP voting only two times, never higher than fourth.

But not only does Craig Biggio hold his own in career value compared to Hall-of-Fame second basemen, he also holds his own in terms of prime performance. The next table compares Hall-of-Fame second basemen and Craig Biggio in Player won-lost record per 162 games from age 23 through 33, which generally captures the prime of these players' careers. As in the previous table, these players are sorted by pWins over replacement level.

Hall-of-Fame Second Basemen
(ages 23 - 33, per 162 games, ranked by pWORL)
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
Joe L. Morgan24.618.03.75.4
Jackie Robinson24.216.93.55.2
Roberto Alomar22.218.92.03.7
Craig Biggio21.818.51.83.4
Craig Biggio21.818.51.83.4
Nellie Fox21.819.21.73.3
Rod Carew20.917.61.73.3
Ryne Sandberg22.619.51.63.2
Bill Mazeroski19.018.80.62.1


2014 Hall of Fame Ballot Series


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