Special Assistant to the General Manager
Newly elected Hall of Famer and longtime Astros icon Craig Biggio is in his eighth season as a special assistant to the General Manager. In this role, Craig works in several areas, including with the baseball operations staff in its Major and minor league player development programs with special emphasis on instruction, the amateur draft and scouting, and Major and minor league talent evaluation. Additionally, Craig participates in the club's community development program.
On Jan. 6, Craig Biggio became the first player in Astros history to earn induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame after receiving 82.7 percent of the total votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
The franchise career leader in hits, games played, runs scored, and at-bats, Craig retired at the end of the 2007 season following a stellar, 20-year career, all with the Astros. His No. 7 was retired by the ballclub on Aug. 17, 2008.
He finished his career with 3,060 hits, 668 doubles, 291 home runs, 1,175 runs batted in, and a .281 career average in 2,850 games played. He remains the franchise leader in several categories, including hits, doubles, games played and runs scored (1844).
A first-round selection by Houston in the June 1987 draft, Craig became the first Astro to reach the 3,000-hit plateau with a seventh-inning single against Colorado's Aaron Cook on June 28, 2007 at Minute Maid Park. His 3,060 hits rank 20th all-time, and his 668 career doubles are the most of any right-handed hitter in Major League history and rank fifth all-time.
Craig's 20 seasons with Houston are a franchise record, and he also made a club-best 19 consecutive Opening Day starts. He is also the only player in Major League history to reach all of the following milestones: 600 doubles (668), 250 home runs (291), 2,700 hits (3,060), and 400 stolen bases (414). Craig 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.
Craig 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. Craig holds National League records for leadoff home runs with 53 (ranks second all-time) and for hits in interleague play with 201. He also led all players during the 2005 postseason with 18 hits.
Additionally, Craig was the 2007 recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award, a prestigious honor bestowed upon one Major League player each season by Major League Baseball and the Clemente family recognizing community service. Craig has been actively involved with the Sunshine Kids throughout his career, a support organization for children with cancer and their families.
Craig and wife Patty reside in Houston and have two sons, Conor and Cavan, and one daughter, Quinn. In 2010, Craig coached his sons' St. Thomas High School baseball team to the Texas Class 5A state championship. Both Conor, a senior outfielder, and Cavan, a sophomore infielder, play for the University of Notre Dame.
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