HOUSTON (AP) — 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 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.”
Biggio is batting .247 with 24 doubles, five homers and 31 RBIs. He began Tuesday with 3,014 hits, six shy of tying Rafael Palmeiro for 23rd place.
Biggio has played his entire major league career with the Astros, becoming the longest-tenured player in franchise history.
A teary-eyed Biggio said he will miss putting on his uniform every day and also will miss the fans.
Along with teammate and friend Jeff Bagwell, who retired before the start of this season, Biggio led the Astros to four division titles, the team’s first NL pennant and trip to the World Series in 2005.
Biggio’s 3,000th hit came one day shy of the 19th anniversary of his first career hit, a single off Orel Hershiser on June 29, 1988.
Biggio, a career .282 hitter, is the only player in major league history with 600 doubles, 250 homers, 3,000 hits and 400 steals.