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Craig Biggio

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Craig Biggio

Craig Biggio

MLB

Vital Statistics:

Born: December 14, 1965

Hometown: Smithtown, N.Y.

Height: 5-11

Weight: 185

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Family: Wife, Patty; sons Conor, Cavan and Quinn

Primary position: Second baseman

Before The Bigs:

  • Played with future big-league stars Mo Vaughn and John Valentin at Seton Hall University.
  • Drafted by the Houston Astros in the first round in 1987, 22nd overall.
  • Batted .344 as a minor-league catcher in the Astros organization. Hit .375 with nine home runs in 216 at-bats at Single-A Asheville in 1987, then spent half of a season and hit .321 at Triple-A Tucson in 1988 before being called up to Houston in June.

Career Highlights:

  • Won a Silver Slugger at catcher in his first season as a starter in 1989, when he hit 13 home runs and stole 21 bases.
  • Made the NL All-Star team as a catcher in 1991, then moved to second base and made his second All-Star team as a second baseman in 1992. He's the first player to make an All-Star team at both positions.
  • Holds the National League record for most home runs to lead off a game with 53.
  • Batted .300 for the first time in 1994 (.318), and hit 22 home runs while batting .308 in 1995.
  • Led the majors in runs in 1995 and 1997 and in doubles in 1998 and 1999.
  • He leads the Astros all-time in career games played, at-bats, runs scored, hits, doubles and extra-base hits.
  • Is the all-time MLB leader in times hit by pitches with 285 as of August 2007.
  • Four-time Gold Glove winner at second base. He also two seasons as a full-time outfielder in 2003 and 2004 before moving back to second base.
  • Had his 3,000th career hit on June 28, 2007.
  • Announced he'll retire after the 2007 season on July 26, 2007, then hit a game-winning grand slam that night, the fourth of his career.
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