Last night I watched as my twitter feed exploded with talk of the Baseball Hall of Fame. There was an overview show on MLB Network and discussion around each of the players on the ballot. A lot of Houston Astros fans were contemplating throwing things at their televisions as the participants shrugged off Craig Biggio asking if he was a “great player” and passed over Jeff Bagwell because of unsubstantiated “suspicion” about using performance enhancing drugs.
The announcement as to who the 2013 HOF class will be happens at 1pm Central time and you can watch it live on MLB Network if you’d like.
Many BBWAA members have publicly stated who was on their ballot and their reasonings as to why they did or didn’t vote for a particular player. There’s been a lot of talk and debate about whether steroid-era players should or should not be inducted and should they go on the first ballot or have to wait a few years. They discussed the “morality clause” and how heavily that should weigh on their minds as they decided which names to check yes on this year. If you want to see a list of who has voted yes and no and publicized it with regards to Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, go visit Astros County, they’ve been keeping track.
Although I care to some degree who gets into the HOF and who doesn’t, I’ve decided I’m not going to let today’s announcements change anything for me. Honestly, it doesn’t change anything for anyone. Is getting into the Hall an honor? Absolutely. Does it change what a player did or did not accomplish in their career? Absolutely not.
Whether Bagwell or Biggio are inducted or not, they defined an era in Houston Astros baseball. They were the core of the Killer B’s. They helped our local team get to the playoffs six times and were major contributors to the team getting all the way to the World Series one year. They were good baseball players, no matter what happens today.
I could list their stats, but you guys likely know exactly what each accomplished. I could list their records, but again, those are achievements that Houston is so very familiar with at this point. Instead, I’ll say this. Craig Biggio was the player that captured my daughter’s heart and began her love of baseball. Jeff Bagwell was a player that I adored watching hit a baseball on sunny days in Spring and Summer. The HOF vote won’t take any of that away.
So thank you, Bags. Thank you Bigg. You both contributed to a whole host of memories for me, the weeone and the city of Houston when it comes to baseball…no matter what the BBWAA thinks.
Terri Schlather (AGirlintheSouth) is the tortured Senior Houston Astros Writer for Aerys Sports. You can email her at email@example.com, or follow her ridiculous ramblings on sports, vodka and the weeone on twitter @agirlinthesouth.