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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 31, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:06 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

If you think Santo's numbers aren't hall worthy, you don't know enough about baseball to post a comment.  He played during the greatest pitcher's era of modern times and was still an outstanding hitter.  He was clearly the best third baseman in the NL during his playing days (Matthews was still playing early in Santo's career). 

The BBWAA make a lot of mistakes (some of these clowns DIDN'T vote for Hank Aaron, just to site one example) and not adding Santo to the Hall might have been one of their biggest ever. 

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:04 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

I would not take a hot steaming dump on the front steps of the baseball hall of fame.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:03 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

I did see Santo play pretty much his whole career. I am not a Cub fan, I will admit. I do not think Santo belongs in the HOF, but I can understand why people feel he belongs.

On the minus side: Santo's offensive numbers are bloated because he batted in the lineup between 2 other hall-of-famers. He played during 2 expansion eras, which further inflate his numbers. He was an awful clutch hitter, and he threw his rookie center fielder under the bus in 1969. He had more strike outs in his career than RBIs, which for a primarily clean-up hitter is not good. And when he played he was a jerk.

On the plus side, he was an excellent fielder for sure, and does have some strong offensive numbers. He played in several all star games, and many claim that he was the premier 3rd baseman of the NL during the 60s decade. He had a high OBP because he walked a lot, and was relatively injury free until the 70s.

I don't feel Santo belongs, his numbers just are not that great to justify it, in my opinion. But I will not lose any sleep over Santo being selected. I get why he was voted in, so that's that. Finally we can let this controversy go.

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:00 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

the Santo family should tell the Hall to stick it up their as ses.

Since: Jul 6, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:56 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Numbers. Numbers. Numbers. That's all some baseball fans ever want to talk about. Santo was undoubtedly a long overdue HOFer. He was one of if not the best 3B of his era and a true ambassador for the game. He was also an excellent fielder and teammate, two traits that don't have the stats that an un baseball educated sports writer might look for in electing someone to Cooperstown. I just wonder who is the golden era fool that didn't vote for him

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:46 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

I'm not trying to rain on anyone's parade, and I agree Santo was a good player, but those numbers truly are not hall worthy.    

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:42 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Ron wanted it (the HOF) so badly. Maybe things are starting to turn around for our Cubs, maybe the HOF first for Ron, then the World Series.

Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:35 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

And sonewhere today Ron Santo is clicking his heels. He just ran over and gave Jack Brickhouse and Harry Carey a big hug!!! Just one thing left to say, Holy Cow and Hey! Hey!. RIP Ron

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:33 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Even though late, it is a well deserved honor.  Ronnie was a great guy and a great player.  His family and Cubbie fans around the country should be proud.  Hope the Good Lord let's him watch the induction ceremony on a big screen TV up in heaven.

Since: Apr 26, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:28 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame


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