May 18, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros former second baseman Craig Biggio watches batting practice before a game against the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park. Image Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Craig Biggio falls 2 votes short for Hall of Fame induction

While I am very happy that Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today, I very much hurt for Craig Biggio, who fell two votes shy of joining what could have been the first 4-player class since 1955.

There are some members of the BBWAA that decide Craig Biggio used performance-enhancing drugs without any proof of evidence. There are others that didn’t vote for him simply because they ran out of room on the ballot.

Other writers, that voted only for clean players, left him off the ballot because of the ten vote limit and that sucks. With this logjam of the players, the BBWAA has to have some kind of ballot reform so that players worthy of induction don’t fall off the ballot altogether.

Mike Mussina was a first-timer on the ballot and he’ll get in eventually, probably after the logjam if I had to guess. I would hope he gets more than 20% next year.

Mike Piazza is one of the best hitting catchers that I’ve seen and he gained some ground in today’s announcement while Biggio’s teammate, Jeff Bagwell, lost ground from last year.

The problem is that the logjam of Hall-worthy players is not going to end. On the 2015 ballot will be the first appearances of Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz. Smoltz is sure to join his Braves teammates and manager, Bobby Cox, in the Hall of Fame. I hope it is on the first ballot for his sake.

While Biggio fell short in the BBWAA vote, he joined the trio in being elected by the IBWAA’s Class of 2014. Mike Piazza was elected by the internet writers in 2013 and Barry Larkin is still waiting.

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