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Craig Biggio

2015 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 third year on the Hall-of-Fame ballot. In my 2013 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 the 2014 Hall-of-Fame ballot series, I compared Biggio to second basemen already in the Hall of Fame.

Craig Biggio is most strongly associated with a single team for his career (the Houston Astros), which made several playoff appearances and was probably the most successful in its history during his career. He changed positions several times through his career (from C to 2B to CF). Finally, Biggio hung on a year or two longer than perhaps he should have, to chase a career milestone (3,000 hits).

That description (with different parentheticals) can also be applied to another player, who played several positions (2B, 3B, LF, RF) for his hometown team, the Cincinnati Reds, during the best stretch in their history, and hung on too long chasing a career milestone (the hits record).

The next table compares the careers of Craig Biggio and Pete Rose, as measured by Player won-lost records.

Craig Biggio Pete Rose Sr.
Age Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL
22
502.73.30.449-0.3
-0.0
15718.420.50.474-0.60.9
23
13413.912.10.5351.3
2.2
13615.315.30.4990.61.8
24
15016.416.90.493-0.3
0.9
16221.419.00.5301.63.2
25
14914.514.00.5090.7
1.8
15619.620.00.4950.41.9
26
16221.420.20.5150.5
2.1
14821.418.70.5340.62.3
27
15521.519.10.5301.3
2.9
14821.318.70.5320.52.2
28
11417.112.70.5752.3
3.5
15624.017.90.5722.13.9
29
14122.317.10.5672.8
4.4
15922.418.50.5471.23.0
30
16222.719.50.5382.0
3.7
16022.019.60.5300.52.1
31
16123.818.50.5632.8
4.5
15422.518.60.5481.12.8
32
16025.217.90.5843.7
5.3
16024.119.80.5491.23.1
33
16023.020.50.5291.2
2.9
16322.419.90.5300.42.0
34
10111.411.70.494-0.0
0.9
16222.717.70.5612.13.7
35
15521.016.50.5602.2
3.9
16221.717.00.5602.03.4
36
14517.117.80.489-0.2
1.2
16217.416.70.510-0.11.3
37
15318.218.20.500-0.2
1.2
15920.017.10.5391.12.5
38
15617.719.50.476-1.4
0.0
16316.716.30.506-0.60.7
39
15520.417.50.5381.3
2.7
16217.215.40.5270.11.4
40
14515.316.80.475-0.7
0.5
10711.310.10.5280.21.1
41
14112.915.70.450-1.5
-0.4
16215.216.20.485-1.20.0
42
 
15112.513.90.473-1.1-0.2
43
 
12110.611.50.480-0.90.0
44
 
11912.310.60.5360.21.1
45
 
725.55.70.489-0.40.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS2,849358.5325.40.52417.3
44.0
3,561437.9394.80.52611.144.1


Pete Rose was very good for a very long time and would deservedly have been elected to the Hall of Fame long ago based purely on his statistical record. At his best, Craig Biggio was better - each of Biggio's age 29 through 32 seasons were better than Pete Rose's best season. And while Rose hung around for four seasons longer than Biggio, they added almost literally nothing to his statistical case.

Craig Biggio probably had a better major-league career than you thought he did.

2015 Hall of Fame Ballot Series




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