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Will Bagwell Or Biggio Be Inducted Into The Hall of Fame Tomorrow?

Former Astros Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell are once again on the ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. At least one of the Houston baseball greats has a good shot at getting into the Hall.

 

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Jeff Bagwell (left) and Craig Biggio (right). Image credit: Wikipedia

Jeff Bagwell saw his vote totals increase each year since becoming eligible. Last year, teammate Craig Biggio finished just two votes shy of being inducted into the Hall, and is the only player with 3,000 or more hits who has not yet been inducted. Houston Astros’ special assistant Larry Dierker managed both Bagwell and Craig Biggio.

“At the time that Bagwell’s career ended, he was the more likely candidate for the Hall of Fame than Craig was. And that’s simply because of his offensive numbers were better than Craig’s and his defense was good too,” says Dierker.

Bagwell’s No.5 jersey was retired by the Astros, but a shoulder injury kept him from playing as long as Biggio. Dierker says Biggio’s intensity was infectious.

“To see how intense he was, about wanting to go out there no matter what and win. I think it created it tended to create a little electricity in the atmosphere, and maybe that kind of helped the overall competitiveness of the team,” says Dierker.

Announcement of the 2015 class will be made at 1 p.m. CT, with induction scheduled for the end of July.

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