BBWAA lists Clemens, Biggio among first-timers on Hall of Fame ballot

Bob Levey

Former Houston Astros stars Craig Biggio and Roger Clemens are among a talented group of first-time eligible players on the 2013 MLB Hall of Fame ballot.

Houston Astros greats Craig Biggio and Roger Clemens are among a talented group of first-time eligible players on the 2013 MLB Hall of Fame ballot.

Biggio spent all of his 20 year career with the Astros, playing second base, catcher, center field and left field. He finished his career with a .281 batting average while recording 3,060 hits, 291 home runs and 1,175 RBIs. Biggio was a seven-time All-Star and was a four-time Gold Glove winner while at second base. Biggio also holds the modern record for hits by pitch with 285.

Clemens spent three of his 24 seasons with the Astros, where he collected 38 of his 354 wins. Clemens' 354 is good for ninth in MLB history, just behind Greg Maddux's 355. He was a seven-time Cy Young Winner, once with the Astros, and finished with a 3.18 career ERA and 4,672 strikeouts, good for third all time.

Joining Biggio and Clemens on this year's ballot is Jeff Bagwell, who is on his third attempt at enshrinement to Cooperstown. Bagwell was on 56 percent of the ballots last year, well below the 75 percent needed. However, Bagwell had the second highest amount of votes for players that were not elected, only behind pitcher Jack Morris.

The MLB Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be announced on Jan. 9, 2013.

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