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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: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:54 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

FANTASTIC NEWS TODAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let me re-write that:  FANtastic NEWS TODAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats to the Santo Fam !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:49 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

He was an excellent good fielder...Huh??  Like totally awesome language dude. Santo belonged in the HOF and the fact he toiled on the Cubs did hurt him, but it wasn`t held against others incl Fergie Jenkins.  Don`t hate the game pal, hate the idiots that run it like Unce Bud and lame 80yr old voters who do things according to some ancient standard.  Baseball & Cooperstown are still great despite moves like keeping Santo out until he passed away.  

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:45 pm

Wasn't Garvey better? When is he going in?


Games - 2243 (13.85 seasons) / 2332 (14.4 seasons)

Per Season Averages:
Hits -  163 / 180
Doubles - 26 / 31
Homeruns - 25 / 19  
Runs - 82 / 79
RBI's - 96 / 91
Batting AVG: .277 / .294
All Star Games: 9 / 10
MVP Awards: 0 / 1 *and one second-place finish. Santo's best was 4th place.
World Series Appearances: 0 / 5

* Garvey only first basemen never to make an error in  a season (84)
* Only Mattingly's and Wes Parker's career fielding position matches Garvey's .996 

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:23 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

One more thing - the committee needs to take a look at replacing Allie Reynolds on the nominated list.  There are better candidates from the Golden era, like Billy Pierce, that deserve to be considered.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:22 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

The hall of Fame should be reserved for the great players, not the very good. I am sorry but it is no travesty that Ron Santo is not in the HOF no matter how beloved he is to Cub fans. That's why you havea team Hall or Wall of fame or whatever. A .277 hitter without any number that stands out either in power average or speed. He was an excellent good fielder. The travesty is tha t the committees think they have to put someone in every year. If you happen to hit a weak year you can get in without being a legend, and if you go in a bad year you might miss your slot and be overshadowed by other more recent stars. The answer, which never will happen, is that they only should vote on the HOF every 5 years. Writers should still only get 10 votes, and the truly great would be standing at the end, with the very good, watching as it should be. If you want to make it more fair give them 15 votes or lower the standard to 65%-70% and I think you would still be left with only the greatest of the great. If there is noone that rises above the rest, they werent that great.

The Golden Era committee was a good idea, but again, for them to put someone in there should be extenuating circumstances, like things the guy did for the game since he retired, because if he wasn't good enough to get in then on his playing merits, he still isn't good enough. It has turned into the nastagia good guys nomination, not a HOF player getting what he earned. In any case nobody should be on the ballot for more than 5 years for the same reason. Even with this criteria there are at least 25 people in the HOF that have no business being there. I could name a few right here, but the purpose of my post is not to call anyone out. I don't hate the player, I hate the game.  

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:21 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Congratulations to the legacy of Ron Santo and Cubs fans everywhere.  It is a shame this had to wait until after his death.  Better to get it right now, though.  Congratrulations to the Veteran's committee for their correct choice.

In three years they will have the same group to consider again.  I suggest they take a strong look at Luis Tiant. whose 49 shuouts are just about worhty of an automatic HOF bid.  Also - his career WAR of 60.0 is well above many of his contemporaries already in the HOF from this era.  Whitey Ford had a career WAR of 55+.  i am not against Jim Kaat's nomination, but i actually think Tiant has a stronger HOF case.

Since: Jun 12, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:16 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

yeah, but your not Santo's family, I am glad he finally is in, very long deserved and the recognition is hopefully an honor to his name , to his teammates, and to his fans that grew up watching him, and even eating his pizza.  Thank You committee members.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:10 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Not saying Santo doesn't belong, but if he is in then his Cardinal counterpart Ken Boyer should also be in....  The two are very similar players...

;      Santo     
;   Boyer
15 Seasons    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;      15 Seasons
.277/.362/.464   &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;  .287/.349/.462
 342 HR     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
 282 HR
1,331 RBI     &n
bsp;     &
   1,141 RBI
1,138 Runs     &
; 1,104 Runs
    35 SB     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
  105 SB 
  9x AS     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
     7X AS
 4x top 10 MVP     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;  4x top 10 MVP
  0 MVP     &n
bsp;     &
;   1 MVP
  0 World Series     
;     &nbs
p;   1 World Series Championship
  66.4 WAR     &n
bsp;     &
   58.4 WAR

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:08 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Tiant is NOT in HOF

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:51 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

What a shitty deal!!!!!  Elect the man to the Hall of Fame after he died, when getting in meant so much to him.  If I were Ron Santo's surviving family I'd say thanks but no thanks.  We won't be at the ceremony.

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