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Craig Biggio

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Craig Biggio

Craig Biggio was elected to the Hall of Fame in his third year of eligibility, 2015, with 82.7% of the vote.

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


Houston Astros Icon
Craig Biggio played his entire career with one franchise, the Houston Astros. Measured by pWins over replacement level earned as a member of the Astros, Craig Biggio was the greatest player in Houston Astros history.

The next table shows the top 50 players in pWins over replacement level earned by a player for a single team*, over the seasons for which I have calculated Player won-lost records.
*Teams that move are considered different teams: i.e., this list treats the Milwaukee Braves and Atlanta Braves as different teams.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 50 Players
Player Team pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Babe RuthNYA303.8176.054.3
74.0
2Mickey MantleNYA351.8230.750.2
73.9
3Ted WilliamsBOS369.6253.644.5
69.9
4Stan MusialSLN420.9312.139.9
69.4
5Barry BondsSFN314.6201.147.9
68.5
6Mel OttNY1361.9264.736.9
63.1
7Derek JeterNYA369.4322.233.4
60.1
8Willie MaysSFN326.3234.737.0
59.6
9Lou GehrigNYA263.4158.040.2
57.8
10Joe DiMaggioNYA280.1192.038.3
57.5
11Chipper JonesATL336.7258.533.3
56.5
12Cal RipkenBAL383.3350.728.2
56.5
13Mike SchmidtPHI337.4257.433.6
56.4
14Pee Wee ReeseBRO295.5234.034.8
56.2
15Bob GibsonSLN263.9217.334.6
55.5
16Jim PalmerBAL242.7186.033.6
53.3
17Eddie MathewsMLN273.7196.334.1
53.0
18Al KalineDET378.0302.324.7
52.8
19John SmoltzATL234.9194.629.7
51.1
20Carl YastrzemskiBOS426.5363.217.9
50.8
21Lou WhitakerDET306.1261.028.4
50.2
22Yogi BerraNYA245.2182.032.7
50.2
23Juan MarichalSFN228.5183.932.1
50.0
24David OrtizBOS216.1153.926.4
48.3
25George BrettKCA328.0274.922.8
47.6
26Whitey FordNYA210.6164.431.1
47.6
27Barry LarkinCIN291.8249.426.3
47.5
28Bob FellerCLE252.5215.226.1
47.3
29Greg MadduxATL172.3122.832.7
47.2
30Steve CarltonPHI241.7206.828.5
47.1
31Robin YountMIL367.2345.618.5
46.1
32Warren SpahnMLN215.2174.529.3
46.0
33Albert PujolsSLN241.7161.230.6
45.9
34Alan TrammellDET283.1256.224.4
45.2
35Tom GlavineATL218.7189.025.8
45.1
36Bobby DoerrBOS257.0208.726.4
45.1
37Hank AaronMLN284.2214.924.9
44.9
38Craig BiggioHOU358.5325.417.3
44.0
39Tom SeaverNYN201.7161.328.4
43.8
40Willie McCoveySFN266.8192.624.6
43.4
41Brooks RobinsonBAL354.2310.516.7
43.4
42Roger ClemensBOS175.8124.828.1
43.4
43Dwight EvansBOS318.1265.720.1
43.3
44Lefty GrovePHA164.7110.330.7
42.9
45Mariano RiveraNYA126.660.829.6
42.3
46Joe L. MorganCIN178.7121.730.5
42.3
47Johnny BenchCIN246.3197.724.4
42.1
48Pete Rose Sr.CIN356.6313.314.7
41.3
49Jeff BagwellHOU275.4202.422.3
41.3
50Frank E. ThomasCHA219.7162.121.9
41.1


Jack of All Trades
Craig Biggio broke into the major leagues as a catcher. He spent three years as the Astros' starting catcher, earning his first All-Star appearance at the position in 1991. In 2003, at the age of 37, Craig Biggio played 150 games in center field (after having last played there 12 years earlier, and having previously played a total of 39 games there in his entire major-league career). In between, Craig Biggio played 11 seasons as the Astros' everyday second baseman, where he made six All-Star teams and won four Gold Gloves.

The next table decomposes Biggio's (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) Player won-lost records based on the position at which they were earned.

Craig Biggio's Career Record by Position
Position eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
Catcher40.438.30.5131.9
Second Base267.6243.60.52312.8
Left Field12.212.50.494-0.6
Center Field31.930.50.5120.2
Right Field0.00.00.480-0.0
Designated Hitter1.71.80.486-0.1
Pinch Hitter1.62.00.448-0.1
Pinch Runner0.00.00.0000.0


In his career, then, Craig Biggio earned as least 30 eWins and was above positional average at three positions: catcher, second base, and center field.

Setting aside left and right field, which are at least fairly interchangeable, and first base, which often serves as a final position for players as their defensive skills erode, the next table lists every player who has earned at least 30 eWins and was above average at three or more other fielding positions - C, 2B, 3B, SS, or CF.

Gil McDougald
Craig Biggio
That's it. Craig Biggio and Gil McDougald.

All-Time Best Second Basemen
In some ways, Biggio's impressive positional flexibility somewhat hides a more impressive fact: that Craig Biggio was, in fact, one of the best second basemen in major-league history.

The final table in this article presents the top 15 players in career (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) wins over positional average as a second baseman, for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records (mostly since 1921).

Top 10 Career Second Basemen
(ranked by eWins over Positional Average)
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Joe L. Morgan358.7295.20.54937.1
2Rogers Hornsby174.9128.70.57622.9
3Bobby Grich226.3197.00.53519.6
4Lou Whitaker283.1255.30.52619.5
5Ryne Sandberg274.5240.60.53317.6
6Charlie Gehringer199.7171.80.53715.5
7Bobby Doerr238.7212.60.52915.2
8Joe Gordon201.5174.80.53515.1
9Chase Utley224.5193.50.53714.8
10Roberto Alomar299.9278.50.51814.7
11Jeff Kent257.8232.00.52613.6
12Jackie Robinson111.886.70.56313.2
13Willie Randolph266.9251.60.51513.0
14Craig Biggio267.6243.60.52312.8
15Robinson Cano251.8231.50.52112.7




All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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