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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 25, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:09 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

He was easily the best at his position in his league for 10+ years. I only saw him at the tail end of his career but I always felt he should've been elected a long time while he was alive!!!

Better late than never but still something of a shame that he didnt see it while he was alive. You just KNOW he would've really appreciated it.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:05 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Are you a troll, a moron, or just someone who has no clue about baseball?

Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:02 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

It is hard to believe the vindictive nature or the ignorance of some people who think they are baseball fans. Ron Santo was elected,finally, by a group of his piers. If you ask the players, managers and coaches of his era they say that he should have been elected long ago but the group who cast the initial ballots are sports writers who couldn't play baseball if their life depended on it. 
His overall statistics show him to be one of the best third baseman of his era. If you want statistics, he was a far better hitter than Brooks Robinson and he had his share of gold gloves, but stats don't tell the whole story. He belonged in the hall of fame long ago and the injustice has finally been righted. 

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:00 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?

Yep. I agree once again. Oliva is unquestionably Hall Of Fame material. Puckett was a great player too. But I think he got in because he was so media and fan friendly. If you kiss the media's collective feet, you have a better chance if your numbers are remotely good enough to be in.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:59 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Ron Santo was my favorite player growing up.  His numbers may not be the very best, and statistics are such a big part of baseball.
But sometimes I believe statistics are misleading.   We get so hung up on stats, but with todays technology and strategic planning
by ballpark committees the numbers are sometimes skewed.   His main measuring stick should be that the fans came to watch
him play.   He brought them to the ball park.  They considered him a legendary player.  Legendary players should be in the Hall of Fame.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:51 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

DundeePete, santo was hurt because the Cubs traded him. He never wanted to leave the Cubs. It's similar to a man who idolizes his wife of 25 years and then she dumps him for another man. It would be hard IMO for that man to ever want to speak to or be in the same room with her ever again.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:46 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Joebatters, you may be right. But i thought he got in a few years back. I need to research that to be sure.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:42 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Thanks for nothing Hall of Fame. Electing Santo now a year after his death because you feel guilty that you never let him in before? Why exactly do we need 3 different ways to get in? and when did this "Golden Era committee" start? So basically if the sportwriting halfwitts don't let you in, you have a 2nd chance with the Veterans Committe.  If they won't let you in, you still might make it in if the Golden Era 16 like you enough.  Why stop there? How about a 4th chance with the "Committe who really thinks you're cool".  I suppose I actually respect the Golden Era Committee more since it is composed of former players/managers than I do some doucher sports writer who never played the game in his life.

Its such a joke, every year it seems like there is someone who is on the ballot for years and then gets in. Why?! Did his numbers change? Did he win 10 more games? Hit 10 more homers?  Why does it take someone like Blyleven so freakin long to be in the hall? He clearly deserved to be in, as did Dawson. Why did they have to wait so damn long? Were they hoping they would kick the bucket too so that they could pass them on to the next committee?  LAME!!

I agree with you too Rhino. What do writers know about playing he game of baeball ? Nothing ! And if a group of jerkwads don't like you, they can prevent you from getting in ! Blyleven and Dawson should have gotten in sooner too. I think there are more than a few clowns on the HOF committee who are feeling guilty about not putting Santo in before now.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:42 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Larry's not in, bud.

Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:39 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

See what I mean? They're STILL whining! There WAS a reason he wasn't elected the legitimate way. Just like there's a reason they haven't won a World Series in over a word....CHOKE!

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