Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few days, you probably heard Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter became the 28th member of MLB's 3,000-hit club over the weekend.
A few weeks ago, a co-worker of mine asked me a trivia question: Name the three members of the 3,000-hit club who are not in the Hall of Fame.
The topic came up again Sunday night when I was having dinner with a couple friends. Again, I remembered Rose and Palmeiro, but forgot the third one.
It's freakin' Craig Biggio. I don't know why I can't remember that Biggio had over 3,000 career hits. He always slips my mind.
Biggio is not yet eligible for the Hall, because he retired in 2007 and the requisite five-year waiting period has not yet passed. Rose is, of course, banned from baseball for gambling and not eligible for induction. Voters have passed on Palmeiro because of his positive test for performance-enhancing drugs in 2005.
So, now there are four members of the 3,000-hit club who are not in the Hall, with Jeter joining the list and still active as a player.