Losing to Win: Tanking, and its role in Major League Baseball

Everybody wants to win. It doesn’t matter if it’s playing baseball, racing bikes, skipping stones, Monopoly, throwing darts, or anything that requires competition. When an individual, or a team, sets out to compete, the end goal is to come out victorious. People like to win, and even if they can’t physically compete, they still root for teams and want to see them succeed....
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Halo History: Bobby Grich, Eight-Time All-Star

Bobby Grich, one of the best second basemen in the history of Major League Baseball, was actually a six-time All-Star—thrice with the Orioles and thrice with the Angels. The thing is, there is a running theme of getting overlooked that runs through Grich’s baseball career: he was a once and done on the 1990 Hall of Fame balloting; his name has yet to appear on a veteran’s...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Best former MLB players not in the Hall of Fame

Best former MLB players not in the Hall of Fame
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Hall of Fame voting is better, but still silly: While We’re Waiting…

Last year was a gigantic year for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. For the first time in 60 years (!), four players (Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio) crossed the 75 percent threshold needed for election. Yes, I was still very angry about that whole Paul Hoynes “I forgot to vote” column. But all in all, it was a very successful year for...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: MLB players with 3,000+ hits

How many of the 29 players in MLB's 3,000 hit club can you name?
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Astros postseason HR leaders

Entering the 2015 MLB playoffs, thirteen Houston Astros players have hit two or more home runs in postseason play. Name them. 
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: Astros great Biggio remembers Yogi Berra

Across the league, remembrances and tributes regarding the late Yogi Berra began pouring in as soon as word of his passing spread on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, Houston Astros icon Craig Biggio shared some personal reflections about Berra in a video put together by Before their game with the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday afternoon the Astros also held a moment of silence...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Milo Hamilton, who broadcast MLB games for 60 years and called Hank Aaron’s 715th HR, has died

The baseball world has lost one of its legends, as the Houston Astros announced Thursday that Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton had passed away at 88. Hamilton worked in baseball for 67 years and in the majors for 60 years, second only to Vin Scully’s 67 seasons. He spent much of his career in Houston, working as an Astros’ broadcaster from 1988 until his retirement in...
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September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio enter Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Three pitchers who became dominant after trades and a rock-solid catcher-turned-second baseman have a new moniker -- Hall of Famer. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday and basked in the spotlight one more time with at least 40,000 fans cheering from the sun-drenched field beyond...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Martinez Hall Of Fame Speech: Notes, Highlights From Celebration

The buildup was good. The show itself was amazing. Craig Biggio, John Smoltz and Randy Johnson one-by-one stepped to the podium Sunday to deliver speeches at the 2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y. All three speeches were nice, but each was an opening act for the main attraction: Pedro Martinez’s speech. Martinez tends to be a crowd-pleaser...
July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros great Biggio inducted into Hall of Fame

Twenty seasons with the Houston Astros brought Craig Biggio the ultimate honor Sunday afternoon as he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  With 45,000 fans attending the ceremony in Cooperstown, New York - many of whom were wearing No. 7 Astros jerseys - Biggio became the first Houston major-leaguer to achieve baseball's top honor, entering the Hall along with pitching...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch Astros great Craig Biggio's emotional Hall of Fame acceptance speech

After playing the entirety of his 20-year Major League Baseball career in Houston (and collecting 3,060 base hits over that span), Craig Biggio became the first player to join the Hall of Fame wearing an Astros cap, doing so on Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown.   He was the first member of the new inductees - including pitchers Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and John Smoltz - to take...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio enter Hall of Fame

  Three pitchers who became dominant after trades and a rock-solid catcher-turned-second baseman entered the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio basked in the moment, with at least 40,000 fans cheering them one more time. Many waved Dominican flags for one of their own. Martinez joined former Giants great Juan Marichal as...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Craig Biggio inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Craig Biggio has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The multitalented native of Smithtown, New York on Long Island was enshrined on Sunday, becoming the first Houston Astro to make the Hall of Fame. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Biggio earned All-Star honors as both a catcher and second baseman in 20 years with the Astros. He is the only player in major...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Searching for the Angels’ First Hall of Famer

With Randy Johnson and Craig Biggio being inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend, the Diamondbacks and Astros can cross themselves off the dubious list of franchises that lack a representative in Cooperstown. That leaves six teams remaining, although the Mariners will almost certainly drop off that list next year when Ken Griffey, Jr. is eligible for induction. The final five...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Craig Biggio, Jim Rice Among Most Underrated Hall of Famers (Gallery)

Debates surrounding the National Baseball Hall of Fame often involve which players do or don’t deserve to be in Cooperstown. But there are other possible debates, including the most underrated players in the Hall. There were plenty of conversations surrounding Craig Biggio and whether or not he deserved a spot. But the voters put that to an end when they voted him in this year...
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Craig Biggio compares himself to Mike Trout

Craig Biggio thinks pretty highly of himself, even for a guy who’s about to be a Hall of Famer. The longtime Houston Astros and 7-time All-Star is being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday. He was asked some questions on Twitter Friday as part of MLB’s “HOF Lounge,” including one from a person...Read More
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

The Hall of Fame Hunger Games

Over the course of their Major League careers, Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz were involved in over 55,000 plate appearances spread over most of three decades. Today, to join in this weekend's festivities, we're going to look at 228 of those -- the rare moments in baseball history where two members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 saw their careers...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Remember That Time Randy Johnson Killed A Bird With A Fastball? (Video)

Randy Johnson will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend. He won’t, in all likelihood, make the PETA Hall of Fame. The Big Unit — who will join Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio in this year’s Hall of Fame class — had plenty of memorable moments throughout his dominant career. Yet despite all his accomplishments, there’s still one...
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz and Biggio ready to enter Hall

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Three dominated on the mound, the other excelled at three positions up the middle. Together, pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and multi-talented Craig Biggio left a remarkable imprint on baseball. Playing through an era tainted by steroids and dominated by offense - compliments of bulked-up sluggers, a smaller strike zone and smaller ballparks...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros great Biggio and family preparing for Hall of Fame induction weekend

Houston Astros icon Craig Biggio has a big personal event coming up - but his family is working just as hard as he is at preparing for it.  2015 MLB Hall of Fame induction weekend is set for July 24-27, with induction day wrapping up the festivities on Sunday the 27th. There, Biggio will be added to the Hall of Fame alongside pitchers Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and John Smoltz...
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July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros get another Biggio on Day 3 of MLB draft

NEW YORK (AP) The Houston Astros are bringing another Biggio on board. Notre Dame outfielder Conor Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, was selected by the Astros in the 34th round of the Major League Baseball draft Wednesday. The younger Biggio hit .263 with one RBI and four stolen bases in 26 games for the Irish during his senior season, serving mainly as a pinch runner...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

A Summer To Remember For Entire Biggio Family

Most family summer vacations may include a trip to the beach or a theme park. But this summer, the Biggio family vacation will feature a very special trip to Cooperstown and the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. The trip from Houston to Cooperstown, however, will also include a stop in South Bend, Indiana, and the University of Notre Dame. While you may be very familiar with father...
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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

The Lineup Card: Memories of Craig Biggio`s Hall of Fame Career by Baseball Prospectus

The first in a four-part series honoring this year`s inductees.
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Hall of Famer Biggio back with Astros as spring instructor

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Craig Biggio showed up in the same uniform he has worn for almost 30 years, more than half the span of the Houston Astros' existence. Only this time there was a Hall of Famer in it. ''I don't view myself any differently just because I'm in the Hall of Fame,'' Biggio said Monday at the start of his four-day visit to spring training as a special assistant to general...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss
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