How should Astros solve retired number dilemma?

Deciding whether or not to retire numbers can present a dilemma for professional sports teams. What is the criteria for taking a number out of circulation to honor a franchise great and ensure that no other player will ever wear it again? Should the standard for retired numbers be the Hall of Fame? That’s certainly one way to go. Perhaps it’s the easiest too. It takes the burden...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

How should Astros solve retired number dilemma?

Deciding whether or not to retire numbers can present a dilemma for professional sports teams. What is the criteria for taking a number out of circulation to honor a franchise great and ensure that no other player will ever wear it again? Should the standard for retired numbers be the Hall of Fame? That’s certainly one way to go. Perhaps it’s the easiest too. It takes the burden...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan’s Ceremonial First Pitch Did Not Go As Planned

It seems like Nolan Ryan may have lost a step if his first pitch was any indication on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Check out the former ace on the mound tossing the ceremonial first pitch to Craig Biggio which ended up just a bit outside. Even for a 67-year-old, the pitch was not pretty. [Fox Sports] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan’s ceremonial first pitch to Craig Biggio not a good one (video)

A momentous event celebrating two of the most beloved players in Houston Astros history may have not gone off without a hitch, but fans of the team must have been thrilled to watch Nolan Ryan throw a ceremonial first pitch to Craig Biggio before Tuesday’s game at Minute Maid Park. Before the Astros took the […] The post Nolan Ryan’s ceremonial first pitch to Craig Biggio not...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan Misfires Big Time on Ceremonial First Pitch to Craig Biggio

Nolan Ryan is one of the best executives in the game today. He did wonders with the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros are hoping he can do the same for them. He is also one of the best pitchers to ever take the mound. Not too many guys can lay claim to a resume like his--11X strikeout champ, 8X All-Star,  World Series champion, jersey retired by three teams, hall of famer...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan's first pitch for the Astros is just a bit outside

Nolan Ryan showed he's still got no-hit stuff when he threw out a ceremonial first pitch Tuesday. However, what Ryan didn't hit was the catcher's glove. Or come anywhere close to it. The 67-year-old Ryan, now a consultant for the Astros, took the mound before the season opener with the Yankees at Minute Maid Park. On the receiving end was another Astros legend, Craig...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan throws wild first pitch at Astros opener (Video)

Hall of Fame pitcher (and newly named executive advisor for the Houston Astros) Nolan Ryan threw an extremely wild ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday night's season opener against the New York Yankees. Astros great (and future Hall of Famer) Craig Biggio served as catcher for the ceremonial pitch, but was unable to stay in front of it as Ryan's pitch was nearly five feet...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan Throws Out First Pitch, Misses the Plate By a Mile

Nolan Ryan threw out the first pitch in Houston as the Astros played the Yankees in their home opener. The Hall of Fame pitcher and current Astros executive struck out an MLB-record 5,714 batters and has the most no-hitters of all-time (7), but on Tuesday he couldn’t hit the plate. Craig Biggio, who recently missed being voted into the Hall of Fame by 2 ridiculous votes, could...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan, Biggio to be battery mates once again

Houston baseball legends Nolan Ryan and Craig Biggio will be teaming up once again to deliver the ceremonial first pitch during the Astros' Opening Day festivities on Tuesday. Biggio, whose rookie season in 1988 was also Ryan's last with the Astros before moving on to the Texas Rangers, caught the Hall of Famer's 100th career win, and the two will be battery mates again...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan to throw out first pitch to Craig Biggio for Astros opener

Astros legends will be part of the Opening Day first pitch ceremonyCredit: Nick de la Torre / Houston Chronicle While the Houston Astros team on the field is definitely built for the future, the teams ownership and management is giving a nod to the past.  After bringing Nolan Ryan back as a special adviser to his son, team President Reid Ryan, he has been tapped to throw out the...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: 2014 Season Preview

Standing O Sports is previewing all 30 Major League teams seasons, division by division, team by team. Up next is the American League West and the Houston Astros. What Happened Last Season The Houston Astros first season in the American League was a forgetful one. For the 3rd consecutive season, Houston set a franchise record for losses in a season, this time with 111. Astros...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Writer Has Interesting Idea for the BBWAA

Talk about the Hall of Fame seems to bring out the worst in a lot of people.  And, no, I'm not just talking about perennial punching bag Murray Chass. Remember Jerry Dowling?  Yeah, he was the guy who labeled Craig Biggio a "cheater" and left him off his ballot because he wore a protective elbow brace. Then there was Los Angeles Dodgers beat writer Ken Gurnick...
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February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Biggio says Jeter’s legacy is secure

Fellow 3,000-hit member Craig Biggio counts himself has a huge fan of Yankees legend Derek Jeter, who announced on Wednesday he was retiring at the end of this season. Biggio, a New Yorker and 20-year Astros legend, has great admiration for Jeter and the way he played the game. “I guess you know all good things come to an end,” he said. “For Derek, he’s had an unbelievable...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Top 10 Second Basemen In Baseball, Today

Picking out the cream of the field at second base is always difficult, mainly because it is such a diverse position from a demands perspective. Some teams need pure defensive wizardry, while others lean for offense in a non-tradition place for it there. Some teams use it for a speed boost, while a select few get lucky enough to combine all of these factors into one. The collection...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Charging the Mound with Brad – Week 1

Congrats to the great Greg Maddux and his longtime teammate and friend Tom Glavine, as well as to Frank Thomas, on entering the Hall of Fame. I’d like to offer a pat on the back to the Baseball Writers Association of America for getting it 75 percent right this year after the mistake of 2013. A special shout out to Bob Sansevere and Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press for...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Craig Biggio Snubbed By The Hall

Craig Biggio was a mere two votes short of being enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame on his second ballot.  To me and many—even outside of Houston—he should have been a first ballot player.  As a member of the exclusive 3,000 hit club it should have been a lock.  Add to that he excelled at catcher, second base and center field and racked up 3,060 hits, 291 homers, 414 steals...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Hall of Fame voter says Craig Biggio is a 'cheater'

After the 2013 vote yielded no Hall of Famers, this year's was supposed to be the one that helped baseball (and its writers) turn the corner. The whole Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens steroid debates had come and gone, Jack Morris would (finally) be off the ballot after 15 tries and with the likes of Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine eligible, Cooperstown was prepared to, once again...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

This Hall of Fame thing just isn't fun anymore, you guys

You know what would be great? If a MLB team signed one of the top free agents this week. Or if a couple of clubs hooked up on a trade. If it was a blockbuster-type deal involving a big name and multiple players, that'd be even better. Just give us something else to talk about for the rest of the week than the 2014 Hall of Fame election and its voting process. Because that...
Via The Outside Corner
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

This Year’s Hall of Fame Voting Reminds Us There’s Still Plenty of Good in Sports (And Craig Biggio Will Get In)

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Craig Biggio finished with 74.8 percent, missing election by two votes and thus falling painfully shy of the 75 percent threshold needed for induction. Mike Piazza, like Biggio a second-year candidate, was fifth...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Craig Carton to Mike Francesa on Biggio HOF talk: "Shut the F up!"

Mike Francesa, yesterday: “As I see it there are two criteria for being a Hall of Famer. First, you ask yourself, ‘Is this guy a Hall of Famer?’ If the answer isn’t a resounding yes, than the guy isn’t a Hall of Famer.”Then? He went on to 5.5 hours of Craig Biggio percentage debate. This morning, Craig Carton responded to the show debating HOF ins and outs ad nauseum...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Astros Biggio falls just two votes short

Close, but oh so far away from Cooperstown. Longtime Astros standout Craig Biggio fell two votes shy Wednesday of making the Baseball Hall of Fame in his second year of eligibility. The three who made the Hall — Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas — all said they felt terrible for the gutsy second baseman who hit more doubles in the history of baseball than any right-handed...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Rosenthal: Hall voting system ain't broke — but SHOULD be tweaked

Sorry, the system isn't broken. It wasn't broken last year, when no player received enough votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America to win election to the Hall of Fame. And it sure wasn't broken this year, when the BBWAA -- in results announced Wednesday -- elected three players for the first time since 1999, and very nearly a fourth. (Greg Maddux...
Via Fox Sports
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Biggio barely misses cut, Morris left out of Hall

Craig Biggio barely came up short, so he'll be back next year. Jack Morris' outing is over, and he went the distance again. Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens also were kept out of Cooperstown when Hall of Fame election results were announced Wednesday. And while first-time eligibles Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas sailed right in, the big...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Cooperstown and the Historic Injustice of the BBWAA

The National Baseball Hall of Fame induction vote never fails to disappoint.In 2014, three players, Greg Maddux (97.2%), Tom Glavine (91.9%) and Frank Thomas (83.7%), received the necessary 75% or greater vote to gain induction into the Hall. Longtime Houston Astro Craig Biggio fell short at 74.8%, a minuscule two votes away from legendary status.Compared to the nonexistent class...
Via Effing Mets
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Craig Biggio Hurt by Longevity

In case you didn't hear, Craig Biggio missed being elected to the Hall of Fame today by .2% of the vote (75% of the vote is needed).  In a game where a legion of numbers become arbitrary, too many members of the BBWA do their best to go tit for tat.  And yet, a group so set on numbers, consistently end up being so inconsistent.Craig Biggio had a fantastic, hall of fame caliber...
Via MLB Injury News
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

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