I missed The Roundtable yesterday so I didn’t get to visit with Wayne Dolcefino. I wonder if he will make a comeback.
Mitt Romney is having lunch at The White House today with The President. He will be served by folks from the 47% Club. I wonder if the meal he is getting today is considered a gift.
Did you know that there are six precincts up in the Cy-Fair area in HD 135 that voted the Dem way? Now you do!
The MLB Hall of Fame ballots were announced yesterday so naturally B-G-O and Baggy got a lot of run. Here is this on B-G-O:
His 20 seasons with Houston are a franchise record, and he also made a club-best 19 consecutive Opening Day starts. Biggio is also the only player in Major League history to reach all of the following milestones: 600 doubles, 250 home runs, 2,700 hits and 400 stolen bases (414). Biggio and Cal Ripken, Jr. are the only middle infielders (only 13 players all-time) to collect 3,000 hits and 1,000 extra-base hits.
Biggio was named to a franchise-record seven National League All-Star teams, received five Silver Slugger Awards, four Rawlings Gold Glove Awards and was a member of six Astros playoff teams. Biggio holds NL records for leadoff home runs with 53 (ranks 2nd all-time) and for hits in Interleague Play with 201. He also led all players during the 2005 postseason with 18 hits.
Here is on Baggy:
He had blossomed into one of the most feared sluggers in the league by 1994, hitting .368 with 39 homers and 116 RBIs in only 110 games, and winning his only Gold Glove Award en route to unanimously being named MVP in a strike-shortened season. Not that the work stoppage mattered to Bagwell, because his season ended Aug. 10 when he was hit by a pitch and broke his hand two days before the players went on strike.
Bagwell — who also missed the final 20 games of the 1993 season after being hit by a pitch on the hand and was on the disabled list for a month in ’95 with his third such hand break — averaged 34 homers and 115 RBIs in his career, and hit .297. He stole 202 bases.
Bagwell drove in at least 100 runs in all but one season from 1996-2003, and slipped to 27 homers and 89 RBIs in ’04, though he hit .286 with two homers and eight RBIs in the playoffs. Led by Bagwell, Biggio, Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt, Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens, the Astros made it to the World Series for the first time in franchise history in 2005.
The Chron also got into the act:
Who’s a legend? Who’s a fraud?
Does 20-year Astro Craig Biggio deserve first-ballot Hall of Fame honors, instantly enshrined among hallowed greats such as Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax?
Whose legend should slowly dissolve and fade away? Barry Bonds? Roger Clemens? Mike Piazza? Sammy Sosa? Jeff Bagwell? Mark McGwire? All of them?
Who judges? Who rules? Who decides?
The Astros are working on a deal that would send relief pitcher Wilton Lopez to the Phillies in exchange for Minor League prospects, a baseball source confirmed to MLB.com.
Lopez has been a workhorse member of the Astros’ bullpen the past three years, going 6-3 with a 2.17 ERA in 64 games in 2012. He also had a career-high 10 saves after assuming the club’s closer role following the trade of Brett Myers and ineffectiveness of Francisco Cordero.
Lopez posted the lowest walks-per-nine-innings ratio among all National League relievers (1.09) last season after setting the franchise record in 2010 by issuing only five walks in 67 innings pitched. He began last season by facing 78 batters without issuing a walk.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow did not confirm the discussions.
The departure of Lopez would leave the Astros with a glaring hole at closer, something the team will likely address in the near future.
I thought the team wanted to get better this year, not cheaper! Oh, well!