Bagwell and Biggio present more interesting cases. They get much more benefit of the doubt from writers, and not without some justification because their names haven’t shown up on lists or in a book.
But look at all their connections to the Astros of that era — Ken Caminiti, Clemens, Andy Pettitte.
Bagwell’s body had an incredible amount of muscle given his frame. It was like Barry Bonds’ head in 2001 — it just didn’t look normal.
Biggio is far less suspected because of his smaller frame, but he was on those teams, and reportedly close to those players, and his power numbers did suddenly and magically rise at one point of his career (not just home runs, but doubles), and before the Astros moved into a more hitter’s friendly ball park. Again, I am very skeptical about there being any “magic” involved.
I reserve the right to change my mind. I have 15 years to decide. Certainly, I will be more inclined to vote for Bagwell and Biggio at some point than the others, but to me neither is necessarily worthy of early Hall of Fame induction anyway, especially Biggio, whose career OPS was barely higher than that of Lou Whitaker, who didn’t even get the 5 percent necessary to stay on the ballot for more than a year.
Posted: December 01, 2012 at 08:26 PM | 38 comment(s)
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