Biggio became the first player to miss the Hall of Fame by a single vote.
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One of the greatest and most beloved Astros, Craig Biggio, was NOT elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame again today, the first lifer Astro to make the Hall. Biggio got close in 2013, a year the Hall did not elect anyone, mainly as a statement against alleged PED users like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens who were on the first
Biggio got 68.2 percent in 2013, falling just short of the 75 percent needed to make the Hall, but only got 74.8 percent (are you kidding?). It had been hoped that he might be able to enter the Hall with his longtime friend and fellow Astro Jeff Bagwell, but Bagwell fell well short of the mark again this year as well (54 percent), so they might make it together in the future, but the bitter disappointment is palpable for Biggio and the Astros.
Not surprisingly, former Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine both were elected to the Hall of Fame along with Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas. Biggio was the only question mark as more players were elected in a single year in 15 years.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York, is scheduled for July 27.