By Garret Heinrich

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Craig Biggio is not a Hall of Famer, yet.  Falling just .02% short of the required 75% of votes needed to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Houston Astros great will have to wait until next year to make the trip to Cooperstown, New York.

“Congratulations to Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas,” Biggio said in a press release through the Astros on Wednesday.  “Obviously, I’m disappointed to come that close. I feel for my family, the organization and the fans. Hopefully, next year.”

Biggio is one of 28 players who finished their career with 3,000 or more hits, finishing with 3,060.  All eligible players with 3,000 hits are in the Hall of Fame except Rafael Palmeiro, who has had numerous links to steroid use.  Biggio played all 20 years with the Astros, a rarity during the free agent era.

Astros President Reid Ryan also commented: “We certainly share our fans’ disappointment over the voting results today. This was just the third time in history that  a player has come within two votes of making it into the Hall of Fame, so that was tough.

“On the positive side, it is encouraging that Craig appears to be on his way to eventual induction.  The other two players that came as close as he did (Nellie Fox, Pie Traynor) eventually were inducted. It was also encouraging that on a crowded ballot with several strong candidates this year, Craig increased his vote total by six percent.  The Astros and our fans know that Craig deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and it is good to know that 74.8% of the Baseball Writers agree. We’re hopefull it will happen in 2015.

“We also feel Jeff Bagwell is worthy of the Hall of Fame and are hopeful that his day will come in the near future as well.”

Biggio has 13 more chances to get .02% more of the vote.


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