Biggio happy to continue role with Astros

Biggio happy to continue role with Astros

HOUSTON -- Craig Biggio, the Astros' all-time hits leader who's eligible for Hall of Fame induction next year, said Wednesday he's looking forward to continuing his role with the organization as a special adviser to general manager Jeff Luhnow.

Astros owner Jim Crane told KRIV-TV in Houston on Wednesday that he had completed a deal with Biggio to keep the longtime Houston star in the organization. Biggio has served as a special assistant to the GM since retiring following the 2007 season.

"What we're doing now is the same thing we were doing before, getting out to the Minor Leagues and seeing the kids a little bit, and at the beginning of the year going to Spring Training and getting to as many Astros games as I can, and just try to be around as much as possible and lend a hand whenever it's possible," Biggio told from Florida, where he was watching his son play for Notre Dame in the Big East Tournament. "This is something we've been doing for the last four years."

In addition to his duties with the Astros, Biggio is the head baseball coach at St. Thomas High School in Houston and has won two private school state titles. When he's not coaching the kids, he's been visible around the ballpark.

"I get the opportunity to get to at least half the games, and whenever they're on the road you watch the games and you go out to the Minor Leagues whenever you can," Biggio said. "When you're around you see things, and when something needs to be said you pass it along. It's fun and it's part of the deal. We've got a lot of coaches in place and the more good people you have in the organization, the better."

Crane hopes to keep former Astros star Jeff Bagwell in a similar role.