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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: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:47 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Gibson, Marichal, Koufax, Drysdale, Perry, Tiant, Ford, McLain, Bunning, Carlton, Seaver, Sutton, Jenkins, Neikro,Palmer, ...Hall of Famers ..all except McLain, who "only" won 2 Cy Youngs and 31 games in 1968...

They had to change the rules and create the DH because the pitching of that era was so dominant...and Mariano Rivera, for all his dominance, would never have been needed, as these guys all routinely completed 2/3 of there starts every year. There is no comparison...its the 60's...easily

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:42 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame


3B's rarely get in. Chipper jones.. maybe.
that's it

Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:36 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

The 1960's were the "greatest pitcher's era of modern times?" I doubt that. I would take Randy Johnson, Clemens, Nolan Ryan, Fernando, and Mariano Rivera over the pitchers of the 60's. You made a bad comparison. Moreover, you say Santo was "outstanding." What does that mean? Minus his fielding--which he probably should have gotten in on--does that mean he was dominant? He never even hit 35 home runs in a season. Offensively, he was above average, but not dominant. Ed Matthews was dominant.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:30 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Yes Santo batted against greats like Drysdale, Koufax, Marichal, and Gibson. But he played during the expansion years of 1962 and 1969, and so he also hit against greats like Jay Hook, Alvin Jackson, Hal Woodeschick, and Jerry Robertson.

True he played during Matthew's career. Also Coco Laboy's and Ed Spiezio's. Ken Boyer was an MVP during Santo's career, and was on a World Series winning team when he did it, and I bet he never gets a sniff at the HOF.

Fine Santo is in, good for him...I don't think he belongs, but that's that. Now let's all put it to rest. Please.

Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:28 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

If Santo belongs in..... so does Norm Cash...

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:25 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

There is some truth in the assertion that the Hall of Fame has been diluted by many less than great players. But Ron Santo was not one of those. As a third baseman he should be considered on equal terms with Brooks Robinson and Mike Schmidt. Though not as great a fielder as Robinson he won five Gold Gloves. Though he did not have the power of Schmidt, few players in the history of baseball have had kind of home run production. For a third baseman, Santo had real power. The only thing that would have improved the situation would have been elevating Santo to the Hall while he was still alive.

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:18 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

I didn't see him play but it reminds me of when the veteran's committee put Phil Rizzutto in.  Nice guy.  Beloved by the fans of the team.  Everyone's good buddy.  Since I didn't complain when they did it for Rizzutto I can't complain now. 

Would have been nice for the guy to have it happen while he was alive, though.  That's rough.  

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:17 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

So this means MVP Ken Boyer will be the next 3B in, right?

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:16 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Well said sir, well said.

Since: Jul 6, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:09 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Yes Sir! And everybody knows that Gods a Cubs fan too. Thats why we keep getting our loyalty tested year after year and that's why one day when next year finally comes they will be dancin in the streets of heaven. And Ronny will be leading the way

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