This weekend the Houston Astros will have a representative in Major League Baseball‘s Hall of Fame for the first time.

Craig Biggio spent twenty years with “the Stros” and will be enshrined in professional baseball’s highest honor. Last year Biggio missed his eventual spot in Cooperstown by just two votes. This year Biggio received 82.7% of the votes by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, to coast into the Hall of Fame alongside Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz — the biggest class of elected Hall of Famers since 1955.

His hard work over his career earned his a unique place in MLB history. Biggio is the first player to record more than 600 doubles, 250 home runs, 3,000 hits and 400 stolen bases. Leading the Astros during the franchise’s most successful period in its history, Biggio guided Houston to its first World Series appearance in 2005 and was a seven-time All-Star. Playing three positions during his career — catcher, center field and second base — he finished with 3,060 hits, 668 doubles, 414 stolen bases and a .281 batting average.

This weekend the Hall of Fame ceremonies in Cooperstown, New York begins on Saturday with the Induction ceremony on Sunday at 12:30pm.

Congratulations Craig Biggio! Astros fans are proud!

Jay Rio

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