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Monday, November 26, 2012

This Hall of Fame Candidate Used to be a Farmstro

The photo above is from the cover of the Astros' August 1989 game program.  This was Biggio's first full season in the big leagues.  The photo was credited to F. Carter Smith.

As of Wednesday, Craig Biggio's name will be on the ballot for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time.  If he is elected, Craig Biggio, who spent his entire 20-year career with the Astros, will become the first player inducted into the hall in an Astros' cap.

Biggio, selected by the Astros in the 1987 draft, did not spend much time in the minor leagues.  He played for Asheville(Class A) in 1987.   He spent part of the 1988 season with AAA Tucson before getting called up to the Astrodome in June 1988. Needless to say, he stuck.

Biggio's long-time teammate Jeff Bagwell is on the ballot for the third time.  He received 56 percent of the votes cast by qualified members of the Baseball Writers Association of America last year.  75 percent of all ballots cast are needed for induction.

The results of this year's balloting are scheduled to be announced January 9, 2013.  Next summer's induction ceremony is slated for July 28, 2013 in Cooperstown, New York.

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