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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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Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

This is great news even though Ron Santo did not live to see this day.  As much as he said that it didn't bother him, I think he was trying to cover up the pain of not getting in for a long time.  He would state that his number being retired by the Cubs was his "hall of fame", but I think it pained him greatly to not be in the Hall with his peers.  I think it hurt him only getting 45% of votes instead of just missing selection with higher percentage counts.  Of course he endured so much more pain, living the life of a diabetic and playing with diabetes during his career.  He eventually had parts of both legs amputated, but still remained a true Cub by doing radio broadcasts and being a true ambassador for our team up until his final year of life.  Yes he had gotten older, and maybe he messed up a few times when doing games (nothing quite like Harry Caray's last few years) but what I truly miss about Ron was his passion for the team that brought him into the league and the team he loved.  We can call Ernie Banks Mr. Cub all we want (and rightfully so) but Ron Santo was truly Mr. Cub.  I think he bled both red and blue.  Congrats to Ron Santo and his family.  May he now truly rest in peace.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

How sad it`s after he passed away.  Just another bad PR move by the stiffs in MLB.  Imagine if Ron was in Cooperstown for a speach...the pasion he had for the game & his Cubs was something. What next MLB hacks Gil Hodges should still go in, perhaps Joe Jackson.  How`s that Dodger ownership fiasco going??  Oh that`s right Uncle Bud SElig is gonna award the group he likes the best like a Tragic Johnson team.  For the record Jim Kaat was better than Bert Blyleven, but they`ll make him wait until he`s passed to.  Get over the "holy" status of the HOF and get those deserving in while they can be here to enjoy it!



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame


Take a LONG LOOK at Kaat's numbers and tell me he doesn't belong.

16 Gold Gloves
283 Wins  (7 SPs in the Hall have fewer  - including Gibson, Marichal, Palmer, Feller, and Ford)
3.45 ERA - career
2461 K s
Won a World Championship
1966 AL Pitcher of the Year
365 starts of six innings with three or fewer runs allowed.
Quality start rate - 60%
He pitched at least eight innings in 245 starts with three earned runs or less.
From 1962-75, he averaged 16 wins a season for 225 wins. Only Bob Gibson had more.


Pitched in 4 decades - 3rd longest career behind Ryan and John
Has won 7 emmys for sports broadcasting


Santo is deserving but KAAT - should be there as well




Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Way to go Baseball Hall of Shame. Wait until the man has passed just a year ago to elect him in. That is so pathetic. Ron Santo should have been in 20 years ago. It's sad that he wasn't inducted while he was alive. The HOSH can elect 10 year players like Sandy Koufax, George Kell and Kriby Puckett because there careers were cut short by injuries. Ron Santo was a productive, every day playing diabetic for over 15 years. I am so happy for the Ron Santo family, but at the same time...sick to my stomach and how the Hall of Fame, Baseball Writers Association and the Executive Committee operates. Pete Rose can't get in because he gambled (never on his team to lose or threw games), yet we can have a lush (Babe Ruth), a racist (Ty Cobb), a spitballer (Gaylord Perry) past and future steroid users.



Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:15 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

I am glad it finally happened.  It is a pitty it took so long.  I'm not a Cubs fan, but as a kid in the mid-1960's I loved watching Santo and his teammates Billy Williams, an older Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins, Ken Holtzman etc.  Santo was the NL version of Brooks Robinson (who easily made the Hall).  He was not the fielding genius that Robinson was, but he was still an superb fielder.  He was actually a better hitter for both power and average over his career.  This would have meant a lot to him.  A very bittersweet announcement.



Since: Aug 26, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

I agree that it's a joke that he earned it after his death.  I am on the fence whether he "deserves" the Hall or not.  But the committe is so ego driven.  I think the shame is Olivia receiving the fewest votes.  Whether he should be in the HOF or not is debatable, but to be last.......?!  If he doesn't have his knees torn to shreds, he's an all time great.  I'm from MN, Puckett made it in based on his career being cut short, then why not Tony?



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

About fricken time. If Ron had played for the Yankees he'd have been enshrined years ago. How sad he didn't live to see this day. At least this 'golden era' committee got it right. RIP Ron Santo, Hall of Famer.



Since: Apr 29, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

I'm personally on the fence about whether Ron deserves it or not, but getting voted in after his death almost cheapens it in a way. It makes it seem like a sympathy vote, and that's not what the HOF is supposed to be at all. If he was good enough to get in then he should have been voted in already. And with how much the HOF meant to Ron, you can bet he would have rather been there to receive the honor. Sorry baseball, I'm disappointed in you today.



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

What terd on the Golden Committee voted no?



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:59 am
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

It seems that dying was the thing that finally made him good enough for election.  what a joke, I have no opinion if he should be in or not, but this voting process is ridiculous, and just serves the voters ego's.




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