Craig Biggio, who spent his entire 20-year career playing for the Houston Astros, should already in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He should have been inducted in his first year of eligibility but that’s over and done now. Still there is no reason for him not to be inducted as part of the class of 2015.
For starters, he is only one of three members of the 3,000 hit club to have yet to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The other three? Well, there is Pete Rose who has been banned from baseball for life and is therefore ineligible, Derek Jeter who is not yet eligible having just retired at the end of the 2014 season and Rafael Palmeiro who has been linked to the use of performance enhancing drugs.
In 2014, when he should have been voted in alongside the great Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine, he missed induction by three votes. Yes, just three votes. He got 74.8% of the vote last year. This will be his third year on the ballot.
For more on Craig Biggio and why he should have been a first ballot Hall of Famer check out the rest of my post on Baseball Hot Corner.