HOUSTON -- Houston Astros infielder Craig Biggio plans to retire at the end of the season after a 20-year career in which he joined the elite 3,000-hit club.
"I get to go out on top. The 3,000th hit night was the best. I'll never forget that," Biggio said at a news conference Tuesday. "I'm in a good place. I think I've done everything I could on a baseball field."
The 41-year-old Biggio got his 3,000th hit on June 28.
"I just can't believe it's over. It's gone by fast," he said. "I have no regrets. I played the game the right way."
One of the true class acts in baseball. It's really too bad he didn't get that championship ring, but at least he got a shot at the World Series towards the twilight of what was an awesome career. He'll have his number retired very soon, I'd imagine.
The second most games played among active players, behind only Bonds. This is the end of an era for the Astros. There won't be another like him for a long time.
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As of 2/28/05: 101 pounds since December 7, 2004 OFFICIAL THREE-MONTH COUNT: 112 pounds on March 9, 2005 OFFICIAL SIX-MONTH COUNT: 142 pounds on June 8, 2005 OFFICIAL ONE YEAR COUNT: 187 pounds on December 7, 2005 As of 2/27/06: 202 pounds "I've lost a heavyweight" As of 7/31/06: 224 pounds
Theoreticaly, getting the right call is important. But the fact that the third base umprire made the out call on the short hop changed the way the leftfielder played the ball. Had he thrown to third a runner would have been forced out.