Originally Posted by RedEye
I'm surprised. I thought at least Biggio would make it.
Not to pick on you, specifically, as I've had this come up in conversation a few times today. And my basic response each time was, "Why?"
Then, because I am not a total jerk, I amplified my response to include a few more thoughts. Chief among them is the fact that the closest recent comps to Biggio are Larkin, Alomar, and Sandberg, and not a one of them got in on the first ballot.
And in all honesty, they are "comps," but I think all three are demonstrably better than Biggio. Other than in terms of longevity/at-bats (which allowed Biggio to collect the counting stats), all three were better offensively; and without any qualification, all three were superior defensively. Two of the other three have MVP awards (and all three have more MVP shares, despire Biggio playing more years). Biggio has the fewest all-star games of the bunch (despite playing more years). Post-season? Two of the other three won world series, Biggio did not. And so on....
Personally, I have my issues with the whole notion of the "first ballot specialness" or whatever you want to call it. But the writers have shown that it's important to them, and I can roll with that, if I have to. And if Larkin and Sandberg only got 50% on their first ballots, why act surprised that Biggio didn't get in? If anything, you should be surprised that he got 68%, which is probably higher than it "should" be (given past voting patterns) and indicates at least some voters changed their criteria because they felt they had to vote for SOMEbody, since they were disqualifying Bonds/Clemens/etc....