Craig Biggio

The fascinating career of Craig Biggio basically breaks down like this: four years as a catcher, 14 as a second baseman, and two as an outfielder. He was an All-Star as both a catcher and second baseman. Like clockwork for a second baseman, Biggio hit the wall at age 34, posting OPS+ scores of 93, 110, and 88 before he was asked to play center field by the Astros. He wasn’t a particularly great outfielder, but he played every day and continued to churn out doubles and score runs.

How much should post-season success or lack of, affect a player’s ranking? The answer: it depends. In Biggio’s case, he played in 40 post-season games, or 1/4 of a full season. His abysmal performance (.618 OPS) surely had something to do with Houston’s failures. When he finally broke out, hitting .400 against Atlanta in the 2004 NLDS, the Astros defeated their playoff nemesis. Overall, the Astros were 15-25 in the post-season during the Biggio/Bagwell era, losing six of nine series. When his obituary is written someday in the future, there will probably be a small mention of his misfortune in the playoffs, but it won’t impact his legacy that much. In these rankings, it didn’t factor in. Biggio is nestled right in where the numbers say he should be.