Craig Biggio announced that he will retire at the end of this season, completing a two decade long career in Major League Baseball. Biggio, who got his 3,000th hit this year, is one of only seven players with that many hits and 400 stolen bases. Additionally, Biggio is about to break the all-time record for being hit by a pitch and is now only six hits shy of passing Rafael Palmeiro for 23rd place. He has played his entire career with the Houston Astros, beginning on June 29th, 1988.
The catcher-turned-second baseman-turned center fielder-(re)turned second baseman is the only player in Major League history with 3,000 hits, 250 home runs, 600 doubles and 400 stolen bases.
“I get to go out on top. The 3,000th hit night was the best. I’ll never forget that,” said Biggio. “I’m in a good place. I think I’ve done everything I could on a baseball field.”
The Astros are 42-57 this year, 13 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central Division.