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Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:17 am
Edited on: December 5, 2011 2:14 pm
By Matt Snyder

DALLAS -- In a moment that has to be described as bittersweet to the Santo family and Cubs fans alike, former third baseman Ron Santo has been elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. He received 15 of 16 possible votes from the Golden Era Committee, comprised of Hall of Famers, executives and media members.

The announcement was made Monday morning at the MLB Winter Meetings.

Santo died at the age of 70 just over a year ago, which is what makes the moment bittersweet. Many felt Santo should have been a Hall of Famer years ago, and now he's been elected after his death.

In a 15-season career, Santo hit .277/.362/.464 with 342 home runs, 1,331 RBI, 1,138 runs and 365 doubles. He won five Gold Gloves, finished in the top 10 of MVP voting four times and was a nine-time All-Star.

The last time Santo was on the BBWAA ballot, he received just 43.1 percent of the vote. He needed 75 percent to be elected. He was then left out by failing to gain enough votes from the Veteran's Committee the following several years. This time around, the Golden Era Committee came through for Santo.

Members of the Golden Era Committee: Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton, Paul Beeston, Bill DeWitt, Roland Hemond, Gene Michael, Al Rosen, Dick Kaegel, Jack O'Connell Dave Van Dyck and Santo's former teammate, Billy Williams.

Santo was the only player on the ballot to be elected by the committee. The other players on the ballot were Gil Hodges, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat, Allie Reynolds and Luis Tiant. Executives Charlie Finley and Buzzie Bavasi were also on the ballot.

A candidate needed 12 of 16 votes to make the Hall of Fame. Kaat received 10 votes. Minoso and Hodges got nine, while Oliva received eight.

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig issued the following statement:

“This is a great day for baseball and for Cubs fans everywhere. I am thrilled that the memory of my dear friend Ron Santo will be preserved forever in the halls of Cooperstown. As a star player and a beloved broadcaster, Ron was a staple of the Cubs’ experience every single day for decades, representing all the goodwill of both the franchise and the game he loved.

“I always admired Ron’s courage and loyalty, and I miss him very much. Today, I am so proud to know that his contributions to baseball will receive the highest honor. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I congratulate Ron’s wife Vicki, their four children and their grandchildren.”

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Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:15 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Grimm was a 1B ny bad. I meant to say that he deserves to be in as a cub rtoo. combined my thoughts.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:49 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

 A.Rod as a SS/3B

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:48 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Pie Traynor 1948 - (BBWAA)
Jimmy Collins 1955, (Vet Pick)
Frank Baker 1955 - (Vet Pick),
Freddie Lindstrom 1976 - (Vet Pick),
Eddie Mathews  1978 - (BBWAA)
Brooks Robinson 1983 - (BBWAA)
George Kell 1983 - (Vet Pick)
Mike Schmidt  1995  - (BBWAA)
George Brett 1999 - (BBWAA)
Wade Boggs 2005 - (BBWAA)
Ron Santo 2011 - (Vet Pick)
Santo should have been a 1st Balloter? Nah. He doesn't match up with the 5 1st ballot hall of Famers.
Is he a Hall of Famer? Yeah. Amongst vet picks, the only 3B that have a remote chance are Lave Cross, Charlie Grimm (who was better than Santo) and Graig Nettles.
Among active players - Chipper Jones, maybe A.Rod as a SS/2B, and if he continues at the pace he's on... Aramis Ramirez might reach the discussion. 
That's it. No other 3B belong in the Hall.

Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:31 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

in 1969, as a 9-year old little league all-star, i was treated to my first major league baseball game at Wrigley Field by my Uncle Ed... when i first walked into the park.... i was amazed at the bigness of the park... i thought this must be heaven.... Padres againest the Cubs.... Dick Selma versus Joe Niekro.... the Cubbies were down until Billy Williams hit a 3 run home run for the win... i saw a foul ball hit my cousins leg....we didn't get the ball....  i saw my uncle drive down the highway like he was a race car driver.... and i also saw Ron Santo click his heels as he ran down the left field line after the Cubs win.... it was before the black cat... and the big Mets comback but it was magical.... and a memory that i will never forget.... as a Wisconsin kid... i was a big Hank Aaron fan but they were in Atlanta... and the Cubbies were on WGN.... and it didn't get much bigger than guys like Santo, Williams, Jenkins, Hundley, Kessinger, Beckett and of course Banks with Brickhouse saying HEY HEY.... thank you Ron Santo for the great memory and one that i will never forget... rest in peace and i know you made it where you deserve to be.... the hall of fame....

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:08 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

If you grew up hearing Jack Brickhouse describing the exploits of Banks, Williiams, and Santo, you knew all threw were HOFs.  It takes a man to die before so-called experts get it.  Bittersweet, to say the least.  But here's to you, Ronny, for all the sweet, glorious (if pennant-lacking) memories.

Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:01 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

His RBI's, Home Runs, Batting Average, All Star appearances, and especially Gold Gloves, compare favorably to any third baseman of his era.

Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:44 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Really glad he has been elected to HOF.  Sad they waited until he passed.  Congratulations to his family.  I wish he was able to make a speech at his induction.  It would have been epic.  He was playing third base for the Cubs at the first MLB game I ever attended...over 41 years ago! All Time Great Cub!

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:33 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame has deteriorated into the Hall of Let's Let Him In Because He Was An Okay Guy.  When you say the name Mike Schmidt, the only answer is yes.  And the question is; does he belong in the Hall of Fame?  You don't have to think about the answer.  Qualifications used to be the 'greatest of all time'.  Then it got watered down to one of the best of his era.  Now it's 'a good player in the pre-steroid era, but he has to be on a winning team, and be a fan favorite'.  If it gets any worse, beer drinking and fried chicken will be part of the quals.  There should only be one vote after five years.  You're in or your out.  Blyleven, Dawson et al should not have to wait 15 years to get in.  Eventually, I hope there is one and only one committee who makes the vote, once.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:21 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, Tom Seaver, Steve Carlton and Phil Niekro.  Incase you're unaware of these names, they're one of the greatest collections of pitchers, ever.  Ron had a .277 avg over his career.  That's damn impressive if you ask me,

Exactly ! And Ron faced all of those guys frequently. The 1968 season, dubbed as "The Year Of The Pitcher" was a year in which over 20% of the MLB games were shutouts. Gibson was 22-9 that season, yet he had an unbelievable E.R.A. of 1.12. He lost 5 games by 1-0 scores that year. If Carl Yastremski hadn't gone on a tear the last week of the season, the American League would have had no .300 hitters.(Yaz finished at .301)

Santo regularly faced some of the best pitchers in baseball history. His numbers are good enough to have gotten in long ago.

Since: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:11 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

A lot of things in life are not fair. Yes, Santo should have gone in long ago, but there's really nothing anyone can do to change that. I think everyone who saw him back in the day can now be glad that he finally gets his place in the hall. I can't stand Bud Selig, but his statement, whether it came from him or someone wrote it for him, is a fitting tribute.

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