Even in an age where offensive numbers are almost off the charts, baseball has been without an active member of the 3,000-hit club since Rafael Palmeiro found himself without an employer after the 2005 season. That changed when Houston's Craig Biggio became the 27th player to reach a milestone that has long been thought to equal guaranteed enshrinement in Cooperstown.
Craig Biggio has played second base, catcher and outfield in his career.
Not bad for a guy who is both the third member of the club to play the majority of his games at second base and the only member of the club to play at least 400 games at catcher.
Versatile in the field and at the plate, where he has stolen more than 400 bases, hit more than 200 home runs and been hit by more pitches than any player in history, Biggio has spent his entire career with the Astros. So what does this milestone mean for his place in baseball history and his future with the Astros?