The Baseball Hall of Fame vote is today at 1 p.m. Joined-at-the-hip Astros teammates Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio are on the ballot for their third and second times respectively. Bagwell received 59.6 percent of the votes needed to get in last year (players need 75 percent to get into the Hall) and Biggio received 68.2 percent, the highest number of any player in 2013, a year that saw no one voted into the Hall thanks mainly to writers wanting to send a message to presumed steroid users like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens who were both up for vote for the first time in 2013.
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Despite the fact that there is no evidence Bagwell used PEDs and pretty much no non-crazy person thinks Biggio used them, they are tainted by their association with known users, primarily former teammate Ken Caminiti. Fortunately, this shouldn't keep Biggio out of the Hall in 2014, but it might hold back his friend and former first base partner.
Many believe Bagwell will ultimately get the votes he needs to make the Hall, but in a year where, ironically, the arch nemeses of the two hitters, Atlanta pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, are on the ballot and virtual locks to get in, it is likely too much for voters.
Biggio, however, has all the number, credentials and ZERO ties to PEDs, despite what a few lunatic writers have suggested in the past. In would be a rather frustrating irony for fans that he would enter the hall with Maddux and Glavine, the two guys that literally shut him down in the playoffs, but in is in when it comes to the Hall.
Bagwell should get his day in Cooperstown as well, but, unfortunately, it doesn't appear like it will be the same day as Biggio.