Biggio someday will hang up his elbow pads and mucky helmet, but don't rush him. He's still in great shape, he's still productive, and there's still the lure of 3,000 hits.
Most of all, he still has the desire.
He's come a long way
Who could have guessed that the fresh-faced Long Island kid that who replaced Alan Ashby at catcher 18 years ago would put together a Hall of Fame-caliber career? Biggio has made the NL All-Star team seven times, won four Gold Gloves and broken a whopping number of countless records.
He has continued to adapt with age. He went from the physical demands of catcher to second base to the outfield and back to second. He added a leg kick to his batting stance and later took it away.
And at 40, he's still going strong. This will be Biggio's 19th season with the Astros, an impressive unprecedented run in an era of treachery constant player movement and free agency. But this season probably won't be his last.
While Jeff Bagwell, who joins Biggio atop virtually all the club's offensive charts, could see his career end at any moment, Biggio chugs away. He hit .264 last season with a 26 homers (a career high) and 69 RBIs, strengthening his Hall of Fame case.
I'll wait to see what Jay Jaffe has to say about Biggio's statheads case before I make any statements about how he ought to fare in the voting, but I expect Bidge's case there to be pretty solid, too. He played a lot of games in the Astrodome, so his overall numbers are really better than they look. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
By the way, the print story noted that Bidge is second on the Astros' all-time stolen base list with 407 thefts. This should be an easy question for longtime fans, but who's number one? Answer below the fold.Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 27, 2006 to Baseball | TrackBack