Craig Biggio narrowly missed out on Hall of Fame enshrinement Wednesday afternoon. The longtime Astros second baseman received 74.7 percent of the vote, falling (cue the Harry Doyle voice) juuuuuuuust short of the 75 percent threshold. We can debate the merits of Biggio another day, but with 3,060 career hits he’s certainly worthy of serious consideration. It was Biggio’s second year on the ballot.
Using basic math, Biggio needed two — TWO — more writers to vote for him to get into Cooperstown. We can figure it out pretty easily, Monday MLB.com revealed one its writers — Ken Gurnick — only voted for Jack Morris, using the rationale he wouldn’t vote for anyone from the “Steroid Era.”
Apparently one member of the BBWAA decided, in a loaded Hall of Fame field, not to vote for anybody. Hey, that’s their individual right but they didn’t even deem Greg Maddux worthy?
Someone submitted a blank Hall of Fame ballot.—
Jim Baumbach (@jimbaumbach) January 08, 2014
Biggio could have fallen into the squeeze of the ballot restrictions, where voters could only choose 10 players maximum.
Craig Biggio missed Hall of Fame by 2 votes. I didn't vote him b/c 10 is max. He was 11 on my ballot. Time for BBWAA to change max rules?—
Rob Maaddi (@RobMaaddi) January 08, 2014
One thing we know, it wasn’t Deadspin’s doing that Craig Biggio — a very good, if not great player — will have to wait another year. The site acquired a vote off the Miami Herald’s Dan Le Batard and subsequently voted the former Astros star worthy of Cooperstown.
There’s always next year, Craig.