Astros History: Craig Biggio Plays 141 Games

HOUSTON - MAY 18: Former Houston Astro Craig Biggio watches batting practice before the first game of the Silver Boot Series against the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park on May 18, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

One of the things I've tried to do with this Astros History is dive into eras and players that I'm not as familiar with. This means I tend to stay away from the big two Astros, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. Not because I want too, but because we already know so much about them.

The only problem with that is the massive amount of statistics they've posted for this franchise, makes it hard to avoid talking about them. I think we've done a pretty good job of not making Biggio or Bagwell a weekly or even monthly occurrence so I'm more willing to grab some low hanging fruit for today's topic.

Twice Craig Biggio played in 141 for the Houston Astros. One good year and one bad year. Let's start off with the good year first.

1995 was arguably Craig Biggio's best year, he was selected to the All-Star game, finished 10th in MVP voting and collected the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award for second base. He lead the league in plate appearances, runs and hit by pitches. His 142 OPS+ was second highest on the team, behind surprise surprise Jeff Bagwell who posted a 143 OPS+. Overall 1995 was probably his second best year as a player, two years later, 1997, he would post a 143 OPS+ in 162 games.

The other year Biggio played in 141 games was 12 years later in 2007, his final year as a player. That year he posted a 71 OPS+ in 555 plate appearances, the lowest of his career. However, one good thing from that year was that he collected his 3000 hit. Which gave the fans one more opportunity to see him and Bagwell on the field together one final time.

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