Biggio becomes first player elected to Baseball Hall of Fame as an Astro

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HOUSTON, Texas — Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio made history once again as he become the first player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as an Astro.  Biggio was elected to the Hall of Fame along with pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz.

Biggio fell two votes short of getting elected to the Hall of Fame last year, but this year he received 82.7 percent of the of the votes in his third year being on the ballot. His teammate Jeff Bagwell continues to struggle to get the required 75 percent to be elected to the Hall of Fame. The slugging first baseman received 55.7 percent of the votes.

In his career, Biggio tallied 3,060 hits, which ranks 21st all-time in Major League history, and 11th all-time among right-handed hitters. In 2,850 career games, Biggio hit .281 with 668 doubles, 291 home runs, 1,175 RBI, 1,161 walks,  414 stolen bases and 1,844 runs scored, the latter ranking 14th all-time and seventh in NL history. His 668 doubles are the most in Major League history by a right-handed hitter and rank fifth all-time among all hitters. Biggio also holds the NL record for career leadoff home runs with 53 and the modern Major League record for being hit by a pitch (285).

Biggio was a seven-time all-star winning the Gold Glove four times and winning the Silver Slugger five times.  Biggio is the only player in MLB history to reach all four of the following milestones: 600 doubles, 250 homers, 3,000 hits and 400 stolen bases, and is one of just three players all-time to reach 3,000 hits, 200 homers and 400 steals, joining Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Rickey Henderson.