Houston might be ready to move on

Updated: August 26, 2004, 4:35 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
Craig Biggio wants to play at least one more year.

He wants to report to Kissimmee, Fla., in February, the disappointment of this lost season no longer weighing on his mind, and feel rejuvenated when he puts on that Astros uniform. He wants to stretch and sweat under the Florida sun with teammate Jeff Bagwell, the way he has each spring since 1991, and wait at the cage to take another round of hacks.

And if next year goes well, he'll consider playing a couple more. Biggio will end this season with 2,600-something hits, and his sons, Conor and Cavan, have been urging him to take a crack at 3,000. As long as Biggio remains productive and isn't cheating the team, hasn't he earned that right?

Jerry Crasnick

ESPN Senior Writer