This means nothing to me.
OK, but he was still better at it. I wasn't saying Biggio was the better player. In fact, I explicitly stated I think Chipper was. But the idea that "Biggio did nothing better than Chipper" is completely and totally indefensible.
And gap power is important. Chipper could hit it out of the park, but Biggio was actually a better spray hitter. He hit line drives with authority and used his speed to pick up bases. Chipper was a single or a home run. Biggio was anything. I don't think it's enough to offset Chipper's huge homer edge, but it does have significance.
If that's Biggio's better skill, he can have it.
I agree. I hate bunting too. I'm the high priest of Bunting sucks. But if you're gonna do it, might as well be good at it. And Biggio was better at it.
Lineup dependent. Chipper got on base at a higher rate, and had more total bases in far fewer PAs. He hit in the middle of the order, not the top. If he hit leadoff for most of his career like Biggio, he would have more runs scored.
His nearly 500 RBI (also lineup dependent) advantage more than makes up for it, anyhow.
Sure, Chipper was a better "run producer" in an RBI sense. And it does offset Biggio's huge advantage in scoring runs. But that's not the argument presented. the argument was "Chipper is better at everything". And that's not true. Biggio was a MUCH better "table setter" than Chipper. Chipper was a better middle of the order hitter.
I'm not a fan of tearing down one player to build another up. And Biggio was scoring about 120 runs a season during his peak, which is insane. If you were making an ideal lineup and you had a spot for a 1/2 hitter, you wouldn't take Biggio? I would. If I needed a 3/4 hitter, I'd take Chipper.
Better at every skill? No.
Better at most every skill? Yes.
Biggio is a better top of the order hitter, a better runner, I think you're totally discounting his defense (a lot of his career numbers suck because of his late career anchor). Biggio also got more hits and was able to stay healthy. Those are skills, too.
Chipper had more power and was a higher average hitter. Those things are also real important, it's why I think he's the better player. But it's not this chasm you assert.
But to me, the numbers are completely in his favor, and I don't think that's me being a homer.
They're in his favor, but not nearly as great as you assert. I don't think you're being a homer, I just think you're being extraordinarily anti-Astro, which is fine. But I'm not an NL guy and have no dog in the fight.
Biggio, along with Joe Morgan, is the grand champion of little things. Those little things add up. Biggio was so good at all of the tiny things that eventually it turns into something big. It's the best way to be underrated, other than do everything well and not one thing outstanding.... which is another thing Biggio did.