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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: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:59 am
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

I am happy that Santo was finally elected to a hall that he deserved to be in years ago, but it does point out how much this stinks also. I am not a Cubs fan, rather a very passionate baseball fan-and Sant being elected a year after his death is an embarrassment to the game. The man had the numbers and deserved to accept this award during his lifetime.

I would rather the Hall got flak for voting someone in then have this happen.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:57 am
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Why now?  Sad that he's not here to celebrate the moment.



Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:45 am
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

I am happy for his family and it will be nice that they get the honor but it is sad that Ron didn't get to be there for this.  It would have also been great for all of us Cubs fans to watch him enjoy the honor that he deserved.  He was a true Cub... and a great baseball guy... I got to meet him once at a restaurant and I was just going to say hello and then he ended up talking to me about the game that day for about twenty minutes (it was a rough loss).  We love you Ronnie and I am glad you will be in the Hall were you belong.



Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:45 am
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

I have been a Chicago Cubs fan since 1987, and although I am thoroughly estatic that the late, great  third-baseman Ron Santo has finally earned his spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame, i am also OUTRAGEOUSLY PISSED OFF!!!  We Cubs fans have been begging, pleading, and crying for Ronnie to be elected to the Hall for the last 20+ years; his name is constantly mentioned every year when the nominees are announced, and every year is just another denial.  Now the HOF Committee decides to elect him over a year after he loses his battle with diabetes!  What in the living hell kept them from electing him for induction while he was alive?  I think that although Ronnie has finally earned his rightful place, I think it's a total shame and a complete disgrace for the HOF Committee to wait until the man dies before electing him to the Hall of Fame!  I hope and pray that each and every single Committee member will find it outrageously difficult to sleep for a long, long time!  Rest in peace, Ronnie; you finally have your time in the sun!



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:37 am
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

The baseball writers can go straight to hell for blowing this one. Good that Ron is finally being immortalized, but it is shameful that his induction will be posthumous. He was a no brainer. Meaning anyone who chose not to vote for him has no brain.
Hey, don't blame all of us. I was only 21 his last year on the ballot!



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:36 am
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Best news all year!  So well deserved.  We miss you Ronnie!



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:36 am
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Kind of late...



Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:33 am
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

How could the golden era guys elect him but the veterans committee not?  I guess pompous guys like joe morgan arent on the golden committee?




Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:32 am
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

The baseball writers can go straight to hell for blowing this one. Good that Ron is finally being immortalized, but it is shameful that his induction will be posthumous. He was a no brainer. Meaning anyone who chose not to vote for him has no brain.



Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:31 am
 

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

pathetic.  guy dies a year ago and now he's worthy?  They could have elected him when he was alive to allow an old man some happiness in the face of his condition.  absolutely pathetic


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