That’s according to Baseball Think Factory’s invaluable gizmo, which keeps a running tally of ballots that have been made public. Craig Biggio, who has looked like he will make it for a while now, is dropping. The most recent results have Biggio at 78.5%, just 3% above the required 75% to gain election. Maddux is at 99.4%, Glavine at 96.6%, and Thomas at 91%.
Jonah Keri of Grantland notes just how close a call it might be for Biggio:
That @RRepoz Hall of Fame tracker overestimated Biggio by about 3% last year. 78.5% right now. Potentially REALLY close.
— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) January 8, 2014
The case against Biggio, besides the era he played in, is the fact that he was good at a lot of things but not necessarily great at anything.
Biggio played his entire career for the Houston Astros. In an incredible 2,850 games played over 20 years, Biggio batted a career .281 with a .796 OPS. He was able to grind his way to the 3,000 hit club with 3,060 on his career. He won three gold glove awards and was in the top 10 of the MVP voting twice.
He will get in eventually, but the lack of eye-popping numbers might keep him out for another year. We will find out tomorrow when the results from the rest of the ballots are released.