‘A game of inches’ goes against Craig Biggio

Sep 18, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros former player Craig Biggio walks onto the field before a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The margin by which former Houston Astro Craig Biggio did not get elected to the Hall of Fame was .02%. By most everyone’s math and calculations, this equates to two votes. This also matches the smallest margin in the history of the election with Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947. Both Fox and Traynor eventually made it into the Hall of Fame.

A handful of BBWAA voters opted to turn in either a blank ballot, a ballot with only one name, or in one writer’s case, sell their ballot to the website Deadspin.com. Any two of those may have been the difference between Biggio getting in this year and not.

Fortunately for the former “Killer B,” the consensus seems to be that Biggio will get in next year.

Topics: Hall Of Fame, Houston Astros

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