BIGGIO, CRAIG  
 
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Home: New Brunswick, New Jersey Team:   Hall of Fame - Astros
Height: 5' 11" Bats:   R
Weight: 185 Throws:   R
DOB: 12/14/1965 Agent: Barry Axelrod
Birth City: Smithtown, New York Draft: Astros #1 - 1987 - Out of Seton Hall Univ.
Uniform #: 7  
 
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
1987 SAL ASHEVILLE   64 216 59 81 17 2 9 49 31   39 33     .375
1988 PCL TUCSON   77 281 60 90 21 4 3 39 19   40 39     .320
1988 NL ASTROS $62.00 50 123 14 26 6 1 3 5 6   7 29     .211
1989 NL ASTROS $78.00 134 443 64 114 21 2 13 60 21   49 64     .257
1990 NL ASTROS $240.00 150 555 53 153 24 2 4 42 25   53 79     .276
1991 NL ASTROS $452.00 149 546 79 161 23 4 4 46 19   53 71     .295
1992 NL ASTROS $1,375.00 162 613 96 170 32 3 6 39 38   94 95     .277
1993 NL ASTROS $3,050.00 155 610 98 175 41 5 21 64 15   77 93     .287
1994 NL ASTROS $3,350.00 114 437 88 139 44 5 6 56 39   62 58     .318
1995 NL ASTROS $4,650.00 141 553 123 167 30 2 22 77 33   80 85     .302
1996 NL ASTROS $2,000.00 162 605 113 174 24 4 15 75 25   75 72     .288
1997 NL ASTROS $6,180.00 162 619 146 191 37 8 22 81 47   84 107     .309
1998 NL ASTROS $6,120.00 160 646 123 210 51 2 20 88 50   64 113     .325
1999 NL ASTROS $6,060.00 160 639 123 188 56 0 16 73 28   88 107     .294
2000 NL ASTROS $6,750.00 101 377 67 101 13 5 8 35 12   61 73     .268
2001 NL ASTROS $7,750.00 155 617 118 180 35 3 20 70 7   66 100     .292
2002 NL ASTROS $8,750.00 145 577 96 146 36 3 15 58 16   50 111     .253
2003 NL ASTROS $9,750.00 153 628 102 166 44 2 15 62 8   57 116     .264
2004 NL ASTROS $3,000.00 156 633 100 178 47 0 24 63 7   40 94     .281
2005 NL ASTROS $3,000.00 155 490 94 156 40 1 26 69 11   37 90     .264
2006 NL ASTROS $4,000.00 145 548 79 135 33 0 21 62 3 2 40 84 .306 .422 .246
2007 NL ASTROS $5,150.00 141 517 68 130 31 3 10 50 4 3 23 112 .285 .381 .251
  • Craig plays the game is an intense, in-your-face player with a mentality befitting a cornerback or an Amway salesman. Few enjoy playing the game as much as Biggio.
  • Craig was an honorable mention high school All-American in football as a tailback at Kings Park (New York) High School. He had scholarship offers to Boston College, Syracuse, Penn State and University of South Carolina, but they couldn't get him into school because of academics.

    An underachiever in the classroom, his parents took away his 1969 Mustang until after his first semester at Seton Hall when he got a 3.5 average. His parents had promised to return his car if he got a 3.0.

  • Craig has a refreshing personality. He is very polite and bright. But he could be hard to get along with among teammates. He was always quick to point out mistakes. He always hustles and always expected his teammates to do the same.
  • Got his first Major League hit off Orel Hershiser, June 29, 1988.
  • Biggio learned a lot from Buddy Bell, who was named manager of the Kansas City Royals in June, 2005, even though Bell was with the Astros as a player only a short time -- a half-season in 1988 -- but he left a lasting impression on one particularly young player who was just cutting his teeth as a Major Leaguer that year.

    Craig Biggio had just been called up from the Minor Leagues around the time that Bell was traded to Houston from Cincinnati, and Biggio learned valuable lessons from Bell that he still uses to this day. Bell was a firm believer that everyone on the team should be treated the same, whether you were the highest-paid superstar or the 12th man in the bullpen.

    "Rules are rules and you do what you've got to do," Biggio said. "Nobody's different. That's the way it should be. There aren't [special] rules for somebody that's been there [a long time]. If you stretch at a certain time, that's when you stretch."

    A tradition old school Major Leaguers still employ to this day is a postgame "meeting of the minds" of sorts, which involves mostly veteran players who sit around the clubhouse after a game and talk about anything from the game to life in general.

    In 1988, Biggio, then a 22-year-old rookie, sat in on these roundtable discussions and was surrounded by veterans such as Bell, Nolan Ryan and Bill Doran. Biggio knew it was better to be seen than heard.

    "I didn't speak much," Biggio said. "I was the beer boy, as far as getting the cooler, pulling it over to Billy Doran's locker and setting it up for him.

    "It was a very educational experience and a very eye-opening experience to be able to hear a lot of things that go on through the course of the game, listening to them talk about it. A lot of the dos and don'ts, you already knew. But some of the other ones, it was the learning process of being a young player. Those days were very, very precious to me. I learned a lot." (Alyson Footer-MLB.com-6/`7/05)

  • Craig ran into trouble when hit with a DWI conviction in June 1989 and was placed on two years probation, fined $350 and ordered to perform 50 hours community service.
  • In 1989, Craig led all Big League catchers in stolen bases and was second in NL among catchers in homers and RBI.
  • He and his wife, Patty, have two sons, Conor and Cavan, and a third child was to be born in December 1999.

    CAREER ASTRO

  • December 1995: Biggio signed a four-year, $22 million pact with the Astros.
  • December 1999: Biggio signed a three-year, $28 million contract extension, through the 2003 season.
  • January 2003: Craig signed a one-year extension for the 2004 season worth $3 million with an option for 2005 for an additional $3 million, if the Astros pick up the option. Biggio can earn an additional $1.5 million in incentives in each of those seasons. He gets a $1 million buyout if the option for 2005 is not picked up.
  • Astros' teammate P Todd Jones said, "Craig is a different kind of leader. He won't pull meetings or have pep rallies. He just comes to the park, clocks in, and plays hard. In this day and age of the flash and showboat, you won't find two guys any less flashy than Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. That's what I like about them."
  • Biggio was named winner of the Branch Rickey Award for 1997 for outstanding community service.
  • Former Astros manager Larry Dierker said of Craig's approach to the game, "To me, he is like Pete Rose with physical ability."
  • For all of the joking Biggio does in the clubhouse and the smiling he does during batting practice, you will never see anyone as serious once the game starts. You never see him smile during a game. He is very intense, then.
  • In 1998, Craig became only the second player in the 20th century to have 50 steals and 50 doubles, joining Hall of Famer Tris Speaker.
  • Biggio began riding a Harley-Davidson in 1998 and still enjoys his journeys on it.
  • The dirty, stained batting helmet he wears hasn't been cleaned since around the 1993 season, or maybe it was before that. It is covered with pine tar, perspiration and (probably) algae. But Biggio wears it proudly -- a badge of courage? Actually, it is probably a superstition.

    "I love it just the way it is," Biggio says. "Why change something that works? I hope I'll be wearing that same helmet until the day I retire."

  • Craig has a lot of superstitions. Teammate Ken Caminiti said, "He's got baseball cards in his back pocket. He's got crosses. He's got all kinds of crazy stuff." But Biggio, like most everyone with superstitions, he won't tell you because, well, it is superstitious to talk about them. "Everybody has them," Biggio says. "If they say they don't, they're lying."
  • Craig moved past Jose Cruz late in June 2000 as the Astros all-time hits leader. Biggio is also the all-time leader in doubles and runs scored. And early in May 2001, he became the first Astro to total over 2,000 hits in his career.

    COMMUNITY TIES

  • Craig and his wife, Patty, have been big supporters to the Sunshine Kids, a support group for kids with cancer and their families. To watch Biggio mingle with the Kids, it's obvious that he's used to being around young people. As the dad of three children. He has a knack for relating to youngsters.

    "I love these kids," Biggio said during the annual Sunshine Kids party at Minute Maid Park in August 2002. "They're one of the reasons why I stayed an Astro. I love these kids as if they were my own. As much as I've affected their lives, they've affected my life even more."

    For years, Biggio wore a yellow sun on his hat until MLB made him stop in 2007.

    Without saying a word, Biggio taught kids and players that it is OK to be sick, but it is awesome to get up and fight.

  • For 12 years, Biggio was very close friends with Monsignor James Jamail of St. Vincent de Paul Cathoic Church in Houston. So Craig was at the Monsignor's side when he died at 3:15 a.m. on May 5, 2002, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 63. He had been a guest of the Biggios just four days before, sitting in the box seats behind home plate with Craig's wife, Patty.
  • Biggio has always been a big Washington Redskins fan. So he does not like the Dallas Cowboys. "I'm cheering for the Houston Texans and Redskins this season," Biggio said in 2002. "When you grow up a Redskins fan, you hate the Cowboys."

    He and teammate Jeff Bagwell have season tickets on the 50-yard line at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Craig's sons, Conor and Cavan, are also football fans. "They got the Texans hats, shirts and stuff like that. They're pretty excited for football. My one boy, Conor, already changed allegiance from the Eagles to the Texans. I don't care who they cheer for. My kids can be fans of any team they want except the Cowboys," Biggio said.

  • HALL OF FAME? Actually, you can take away that question mark -- Craig deserves to be there. Compare Biggio to Ryne Sandberg, the former Cubs second baseman who deservedly earned Hall entrance this year and whose career overlapped Biggio's for nine seasons.

    Sandberg batted .285 with 2,386 hits, 403 doubles and 282 home runs. Biggio enters 2005 with a .286 batting average, 2,639 hits, 564 doubles and 234 home runs. (January, 2013)

  • September 27, 2005: Biggio's mother underwent open heart surgery.

  • Biggio has played in more games than any other Astro in history.

  • June 28, 2007: Biggio became the 27th player to reach 3,000 career hits with a single in the seventh inning. He's the ninth player to reach the mark with one team.

    The hit drove in a run to tie the game at 1, and although Biggio was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double, the unfortunate end of the inning didn't dim the celebration.

    As soon as Biggio was called out, Brad Ausmus ran to Biggio, with the rest of the team in tow. Biggio was mobbed by his teammates and was soon joined by his wife, Patty, and daughter Quinn, who ran out to the field to embrace the Astros icon.

    Biggio's sons, Conor and Cavan, also joined their dad on the field. During an eight-minute delay of the game, 42,537 fans showered Biggio with cheers and Biggio tearfully tipped his helmet to the crowd and embraced his family again.

    The best moment arrived minutes later when Biggio spotted Jeff Bagwell in the dugout and coaxed his longtime teammate and friend onto the field. Biggio pulled a visibly reluctant Bagwell onto the right side of the infield grass, right near where the two played side by side for 15 years from 1991-2005.

  • On October 27, 2007, Biggio was presented with the 2007 Roberto Clemente award yesterday, given to the player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team," according to Major League Baseball.

  • Biggio, as a high school shortstop watched his teammate and friend die from a lightning bolt only feet from him, while playing second base.

  • January 6, 2015: Craig Biggio was elected to the Hall of Fame, appearing on 82.7 percent of the vote. That was up from the 68.2 percent in his first appearance on the ballot in 2013, and 74.8 percent in 2014. This time, he had 42 votes more than he needed for the required 75 percent.

    "I was so excited. I was crying, I ain't going to lie. I'm 49 years old -- I was an emotional mess when it happened. Then I asked them if it was a prank phone call."

  • August 22, 2015: Although tens of thousands of Astros fans flocked to Cooperstown, N.Y., to watch Craig Biggio's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Astros wanted to make sure the franchise icon was also given his props in the city where he carved out his storied career.

    That's what the ceremony was for -- to present Biggio in front of a sold-out crowd at Minute Maid Park for one final salute of the first Astro to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

    "We had 30,000 in Cooperstown, so I felt like I was in my own ballpark anyway," Biggio said with a chuckle. "But I'm excited about this, because not everybody could get up there [to Cooperstown]. It's a hard place to get to. To have a night like tonight, to be able to enjoy it with the fans, to be able to go down memory lane one more time, we're excited."

    Seated on a stage behind the pitcher's mound, Biggio was flanked by several special guests who were asked to address the crowd: MLB.com columnist Richard Justice, former general manager Gerry Hunsicker, former manager Art Howe and Biggio's eldest son, Conor. Television announcer Bill Brown served as the emcee.

    The 45-minute ceremony was highlighted by memories of Biggio as a player, teammate, father and role model. Justice emphasized the "winning environment" of the Astros during the best run of success in franchise history, "made possible by Biggio and [Jeff] Bagwell. (A Footer - MLB.com - August 23, 2015)

PERSONAL:
 

 

  • Biggio is "unsurpassed competitiveness."

 

 

  • Biggio was once probably the most underrated player in the National League. Now, he knowledgable baseball people know he should go into the Hall of Fame.

     

  • He's an excellent fielder, tough out, superb bunter, drives in a whole lot of runs for a number two hitter, and can steal a base.

     

  • Craig is real quick to the ball and hits for both average and power to sting line shots all fields, with consistency. He doesn't hit a lot of homers, but he lines doubles into the gaps with his lightning-quick bat quite frequently. His homers are are on balls that he can pull down the left-field line.

     

  • Craig's favorite spot is batting second in the order. But the Astros usually have him batting leadoff. He has an excellent knowledge of the strike zone, is willing to take pitches, and is a good two-strike hitter. He also puts the ball in play.

     

  • Biggio is one of the hardest, if not the very hardest, player to double up in all of the Major Leagues.

    On September 21, 1997, Craig broke the Major League record for most consecutive games without grounding into a double play (155). In fact, Biggio didn't ground into a single double play the whole 1997 season!

    Augie Galan held the previous record with the 1935 Cubs in 154 games.

     

  • His bat is extremely quick, but breaking balls on the outside corner and sliders inside give him some trouble. He will also chase a high fastball.

    HIT BY A LOT OF PITCHES

     

  • Biggio crowds the plate as much as any hitter in the Majors and challenges pitchers to come inside, then drives the ball down the line.

     

  • Pitchers aren't effective jamming him. He stands far away from the plate. But he has made an art form out of getting hit by pitches. He got hit 28 times in 2001. "People think I TRY to get hit," Biggio says. "But I don't. With my high leg kick, by the time I recognize the pitch, I can't get out of the way." (By 2004, he had eliminated that high leg kick, but more on that below).

    In 1995, he was hit by pitches 22 times, most in the National League. And in 1996, he again led the loop, getting hit 27 times. And again, in 1997, he was hit a league-leading 34 times. In fact, in the years 1995 through 2000, Biggio led the Majors with 169 hit-by-pitches.

    In June, 2005, Biggio was hit by a pitch from Byung Hyun Kim, the 268th time Craig had been hit in his career, passing Don Baylor's modern Major League record. Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings owns the all-time record with 287 plunkings, but most of those came before 1900. Tommy Tucker, another prehistoric player, got hit 272 times.

    And yet, Biggio has never been on the D.L. "I take a lot in the back or the butt or the arms, stuff like that," Biggio said recently. "They moved all over, but they don't hurt as bad if you score. That's the truth."

    By his count Biggio has been hit in the head four times and once on the cheekbone. He has been hit in the left arm more times than he can count, which was one reason he started wearing a bulky plastic protector that eventually spurred game-wide legislation from the commissioner's office.

    Such braces may no longer measure longer than 10 inches, but Biggio laughs off the notion he padded his total with the benefit of space-age technology. He points instead to the high leg kick he favored for most of his career, saying that left him less able to avoid inside pitches.

    "I don't ever go up there with the intent of trying to get hit by a pitch; I just try to get on base," said Biggio, who has reached base better than 37 percent of the time in his career. "Did I get hit more because of the pad? No. It was just more for protection. It hurts like hell when you get hit, even with the pad." (much of the above via Mike Berardino-Florida Sun Sentinel-5/22/05)

     

  • Craig doesn't like to focus on his being hit by so many pitches. For one thing, having your shoulder, ribs, elbow, forearm, thigh or ankle conked by a five-ounce blur traveling 90 mph isn't any fun. If you ask Craig how it feels, he will tell you, honestly, that "it hurts."

    It is a touchy area because opposing pitchers grumble that he crowds the plate and, at times, almost leans into the pitch. He wears a light pad on his left elbow, but baseball has outlawed the kind of armor that once protected an entire arm. Some think this rule change was directed at Biggio and Barry Bonds, which isn't bad company, if you must have company.

     

  • Why does this 5-foot-11, 185-pound player allow his body to endure such punishment?

    "As a hitter, if you stand close to the plate, you understand that you're going to get hit," Biggio said during the 2005 season. "My leg kick was so big that I couldn't get out of the way. I used the kick to get the best out of my ability and to hit for more power. My swing was so timed that once I recognized the pitch, there was nowhere to go."

    But Craig finally adjusted his swing in 2004, reducing his leg kick and keeping both feet on the ground to improve his balance and vision. "Now I see the ball better throughout the pitch, and I'm able to move away quicker," he said. (Kieran O'Dwyer-The Sporting News-7/8/05)

     

  • In April 1998, Biggio became the Astros' all-time leader in runs scored, knocking Cesar Cedeno (890) from the top spot.

     

  • Early in the 1999 season, Biggio became the Astros all-time leader in doubles, supplanting Cesar Cedeno. And the 56 doubles Craig hit in 1999 were the most in the Majors since Detroit's George Kell had 56 in 1950, and most in the NL since Joe Medwick had 56 for the Cardinals in 1937.

     

  • Also in 2001, Biggio was tops in the NL in batting average with runners in scoring position (.381).

    He hit just .222 against lefthanded pitchers, but .306 vs. righthanders. He used to hit them about the same.

     

  • Biggio hit for the cycle April 8, 2002, against the Rockies. He hit a double in his final at-bat to finish the cycle.

     

  • In 2003, Biggio extended his National League record for leadoff home runs to 34. (Rickey Henderson holds the AL/Major League record).

     

  • Don't let the drop-off in batting average in recent years distort in your mind the impact Biggio has because his on-base percentage was fourth-best among National League leadoff hitters. Only Atlanta's Rafael Furcal scored more runs in 2003. "You could say, `Well, he doesn't have 50 doubles and 50 steals anymore,' " Biggio said. "No one else does, either."

    In 2003, Craig hit .267 with 2 home runs in 120 at-bats against lefthanded pitchers, and .264 with 13 home runs in 508 at-bats against righthanders.

     

  • By 2004, Biggio had eliminated the left leg kick before he takes a swing. It its place is a more stoic stance. The kick actually left late in the 2003 season."It's hard to keep lifting your leg up like that," he said. "If you talk to any hitter, they'll tell you the less movement you have the more successful you'll be." The kick was a timing mechanism.

    Craig was originally reticent to eliminate the kick because he felt it might rob him of his power, which has been substantial for a leadoff hitter.

    "That's definitely what I was fearful of," he said. "I didn't know what it'd do to my career."

    As it's turned out, the switch may well have bolstered and even prolonged his career. His best explanation? He has rotated his hands backward, allowing him to get more thrust into the swing, as he steps into the pitch.

     

  • On May 8, 2004, Craig became the first Astro and 80th Major Leaguer to collect 2,500 hits by leading off the game with a single to left field.

    On May 19, 2004, Biggio scored the the 1,533rd scored of his career, taking him past Hall of Fame member Frankie Frisch for 50th on the career list.Entering the 2004 season, Biggio's career batting average was .287 with 210 home runs and 931 RBI. His batting average and home runs-per-at-bat were about equal between lefthanded (.281 average) and righthanded (.288) pitchers.

     

  • In 2004, Craig hit .303 with 6 home runs in 119 at-bats against lefthanded pitchers, and .276 with 18 home runs in 514 at-bats vs. righthanders.

    In 2005, Biggio hit .243 with 6 home runs in 148 at-bats vs. lefthanded pitchers, and .271 with 20 home runs in 442 at-bats against righthanded pitchers.

    In 2006, Craig hit .297 with 6 home runs in 111 at-bats against lefthanders, and .233 with 15 home runs in 437 at-bats vs. righthanders.

     

  • Biggio's lifetime batting average is .281 with 291 home runs and 1,175 RBI. He retired with 3,060 hits. And Craig's lifetime on-base percentage is .363.
  • Craig still has pretty good speed, but has lost a step and rarely steals now.
  • A few years ago he was timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.5 seconds and got down to first base in 3.9-4.1 seconds. He was moved from catcher to second base to preserve that fine speed. He would've lost a lot of it if he had remained a catcher.

     

  • In 1994, he led the National League in stolen bases in 1994, with 39. His high was 50 in 1998. 

     

  • Biggio is both smart and extremely aggressive on the bases. He reads pitchers well. And he gets from first to third as fast as almost anyone in baseball. He is also ready to aggressively take another base and find his way around the bases. For example, if a ball gets just a few feet away from the catcher, Biggio takes a base, when most runners wouldn't dare.

 

BATTING:
 

  • At second base, Biggio had great range, but has lost a step, or maybe two steps. He is still very adept at turning the double play. And his hands are still very sure. His Gold Glove days are over, but he is still a good second basman.
  • Biggio has a good, but not great, arm.

  • He has good, quick feet and good, quick hands at second base. He also has a decent arm for second.

  • Craig gets dirty and never gives an inch, going 100% all the time.

    FORMER CATCHER

  • In 1992, Biggio became the first player in nearly 100 years to move from full-time catcher to full-time second baseman.

    The only player with 100 games both at catcher and second base was Tom Daly, who played from 1887 through 1903.
  • Biggio  is the only player in Major League history to make the All-Star Game as a catcher and a second baseman.

  • Asked to recall how tough it was to move from catcher to second base, Craig recalled, "When I first got married, my wife had no clue about baseball. I bought her a Little League book on how to play the game. All of a sudden, I found myself reading it, about how to play second base."

  • Former Houston coach Matt Galante gave Biggio a crash course in how to play second that included drills in which Craig used a Ping Pong paddle instead of a glove to teach him how to use both hands in fielding ground balls.

  • Biggio won his first Gold Glove in 1994 after leading the NL in assists (338) and putouts (225). He repeated in 1995, 1996 and 1997.

    ANOTHER BIG SWITCH -- INFIELD TO OUTFIELD

  • When the Astros signed Jeff Kent in December 2002, the plan to make Biggio the 19th center fielder to open a season for Houston went into effect.

    Jimmy Wynn owned the position for six years, Cesar Cedeno for nine.

    The complete list: Al Spangler, Howie Goss, Jimmy Wynn, Norm Miller, Cesar Cedeņo, Art Gardner Jr., Tony Scott, Omar Moreno, Jerry Mumphrey, Tony Walker, Billy Hatcher, Gerald Young, Steve Finley, Derek Bell, Brian Hunter, Carl Everett, Richard Hidalgo, and Lance Berkman.

  • The Yankees converted Babe Ruth from a pitcher to an outfielder so he could focus on hitting home runs. In other decades, the Astros switched Wynn from short to center, Jeff Bagwell from third to first, and Biggio from catcher to second base. But every one of these reassignments came early in the career of prospects who were being molded.

  • The transfer to second was designed to make Biggio's life easier, not more complicated, as the "transfer" to centerfield surely will. By opening day 2003, he will be 37 and entering his 15th season, and leaving a position where he was for several years the equal of any in the National League.

    No player in memory has been asked to make this kind of transition at this stage of his career. Pete Rose moved from second to first and third, from left field to right field, in his prime with the Reds and the Phillies. But that was Rose, whose favorite position was "batter."

  • You cannot imagine Biggio giving less than his best, or not putting his heart and soul and kidneys into the challenge of learning center field. He was wearing out several fungo bats and most of the coaching staff taking fly balls in the spring of 2003. And Craig played 34 games in center field in 1990, so it was not totally foreign to him. His memories of centerfield in his younger days: "I was over-aggressive at times. I didn't always know when to dive and when not to dive."
  • During the offseason before 2003, Biggio ran 15-20 miles a week in preparation for the longer sprints of his new job as a centerfielder. And he did a lot of long-tossing.

  • Playing center field is not nearly as traumatic as the last one when he moved from behind the plate to the open space next to Jeff Bagwell on the right side of the Astros' infield. That switch, insisted Biggio, was almost like playing a different game. As a catcher, he was used to balls going away from him. At second base, he had to adjust to line drive bullets heading right to him. "It was scary," he said. "I was scared to death. But when I zipped up the catchers gear, what I didn't do was look back and say, if I falter out here at second I'm going back to catching. That wasn't my mindset. That wasn't my attitude." The same applies this time.

  • While Biggio isn't claiming to be the next Andruw Jones, he has a few elements in his favor that should help him. He's an aggressive player, and he's fundamentally sound. Part of his job this year will entail hitting the cutoff man. Having been that cutoff man for most of the past 11 years, this is one area Biggio should get right more times than not.

  • "When you're an infielder, when the ball's hit you have to know where to line it up as far as at home or at third or wherever the situation calls for," Craig said. "It's the same as in the outfield. Now you just have to know where to throw. You can't just spin and turn and start to throw to third and then go 'Oh no, I need to throw to home.' You're not going to throw anyone out that way. It's things like that ... knowing where everybody is."

  • Biggio had a pretty smooth transition to center field. "It's a lot more running than I thought it'd be," Biggio said. "I run an extra two miles a night just getting out to the position. It's another challenge," he said. "How many guys have played three positions? I'm getting a special opportunity."

  • Craig still freezes at times on balls hit right at him.
FIELDING:
 

    POST-PLAYING CAREER POSITIONS:

  • February 11, 2008: Biggio agreed to a 3-year personal services contract with the Astros.
  • Mary 19, 2008: Biggio became the head baseball coach at St. Thomas High School in Houston. His oldest son, Conor played baseball and football there.
RUNNING:
 

  • Biggio didn't go on the D.L. for the first 13 years of his career -- from 1988 to 2000.
  • May 1999: He played with slightly torn tissue in his left shoulder from the end of May on.

  • August 2, 2000: Craig finally went on the D.L. for the first time with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. The injury ocurred when he took the full impact of Preston Wilson's slide. He had surgery August 10. He worked harder at his rehab than most any player you will ever see. But that's Biggio.
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