Astros legend Craig Biggio falls 2 votes short in Hall of Fame bid

HOUSTON - Houston Astros legend Craig Biggio fell just short in his bid to make the Hall of Fame.

The 7-time All-Star was not elected to the Hall of Fame for the second consecutive year, falling only two votes short.

Biggio, in his second appearance, was at 427 votes and 74.8 percent, matching Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin to just miss. The percentage of votes required for entry is 75 percent.

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas all gained election from the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

"Congratulations to Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas. Obviously, I'm disappointed to come that close. I feel for my family, the organization and the fans. Hopefully, next year," Biggio said in a statement.

Biggio spent his Major League Baseball career in Houston. In his 20 seasons, Biggio had more than 3,000 hits, 291 home runs, 668 doubles and 414 stolen bases. That's in addition to his four Gold Gloves and seven appearances in the All-Star Game.

Fans sounded their support for Biggio across social media throughout the duration of his campaign for Cooperstown.

"We certainly share our fans' disappointment over the voting results today," Astros President Reid Ryan said in a statement. "The Astros and our fans know that Craig deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and it is good to know that 74.8% of the Baseball Writers agree. We're hopeful it will happen in 2015...We also feel Jeff Bagwell is worthy of the Hall of Fame and are hopeful that his day will come in the near future as well."

Bagwell, garnered 54.3 percent of the vote in what was his fourth year on the ballot.

Maddux was picked on 555 of 571 ballots by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. His 97.2 percentage was the eighth-highest in the history of voting.

Glavine, Maddux's longtime teammate in the Atlanta rotation, appeared on 525 ballots and received 91.9 percent. Thomas, the Hall of Famer who spent the majority of his career was a designated hitter, was at 483.

Maddux, Glavine and Thomas will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 27 along with managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, elected last month by the expansion-era committee.

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