Craig Biggio compares himself to Mike Trout
Craig Biggio thinks pretty highly of himself, even for a guy who’s about to be a Hall of Famer.
The longtime Houston Astros and 7-time All-Star is being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday. He was asked some questions on Twitter Friday as part of MLB’s “HOF Lounge,” including one from a person who asked which current player reminds him the most of himself. His answer might surprise you:
"Mike Trout. He's got a little more power, but the styles are similar as far as speed, power." – Craig Biggio. https://t.co/8CaCRnx0iV
— Baseball Hall (@BaseballHall) July 24, 2015
Biggio topped out at 26 career home runs — bizarrely at the age of 39 — and only twice posted an OPS over .900. His career marks are .281/.363/.433/.796. Conversely, Trout has never hit fewer than 27 home runs. He’s already finished second in MVP voting twice and won it once, which is much better than Biggio, whose best finish was fourth. Plus, compare Trout’s slash line of .305/.395/.558/.953. The .125 difference in slugging percentages is a joke, and should not be characterized as “a little more power.”
I’m not sure I have a good comparison for Biggio in today’s game, but let’s just say I would have felt more comfortable had he thrown a Michael Brantley comp out there rather than a Trout one.