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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 21, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:25 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

I'm sorry, but Ron Santo did not deserve to be a Hall of Famer. Certainly not above Gil Hodges. The Hall is so diluted it's ridiculous.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:24 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

You got it, daburner.  Games that were not completed because of weather were replayed.  So there was no result to the original games, so it is not included in the team's record.  As for Santo, I agree he is more deserving than a few already in.  However, the Hall has really been diluted with good, but not dominating, players.   If you removed half the players in the HOF, I would respect it more.  It's kind of like the NCAA March Madness.  The more teams you let in the tourney, the more there are complaining they didn't get in.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:20 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Screw you Baseball hall of crap. This guy should have been in years ago and now that he's dead you put him in. What a joke. I'll never visit the hall of idiots. Your credibility ranks alongside the "rock and roll hall of shame on those who do the voting." What a terrible thing to do to this guy (posthumously.) You basebvall people are idiots. Cruel idiots. I hope Santo's family tells you guys to go scratch your (butt.) One more reason to hate the people running the game.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:17 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

In an era when Chicago kids had Hull and Mikita, Ditka and Casares, Walt Bellamy, Banks and Williams, we were honored in Deerfield to have Ron Santo come to our Spring Sports Banquet.  He was a hero, a good guy, and a tremendous player.  Hall of Famer?  What is that really?  He deserves to be in any hall of honor.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:13 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Looking at his stats, Santo played in 164 games in 1965.  The Cubs were 72 and 90 that year.  I suck at math but that doesn't add up.  Can somebody tell me how he was credited with 164 games played.  Maury Wills has the record for 165 games played in a single year.  How is this possible?  Did they get credit for games played when the games were called due to inclement weather?

Anyway, it's nice to see him elected, finally...  I wish it was a couple years earlier.  I didn't see him play so I don't know much about him.  Maybe in a couple more years he can be elected in the broadcasters side of the hall.  His color commentary was so in favor of the Cubs it was awesome, unabashed bias. And when Harry Caray joined him on the radio for some games it was absolutely priceless.  

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:10 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

You are absolutely right, Robinson is a joke to be in the hall

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:00 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

I don't have a problem with Hall of Fame inductees voted on by a veteran's committee, or a "Golden Era Committee" comprised of Hall members...they have unquestioned credentials to cast votes. My issue is with the original HOF votes cast (or lack of them) coming from writers. The days are long past where baseball writers were reverent, knowledgeable, and most importantly, had the integrity to cast votes based on legitimate criteria, rather than the subjective whims of an industry increasingly populated by self serving sensationalists.

There will always be debate about what constitutes a Hall of Famer, for the majority of the players considered. The fact that Ron Santo has been a topic of HOF debate for decades, speaks to his considerable achievements. The facts are, Santo was a fine player on a mediocre team... always a tougher vote, especially from those who seem to need Championship awards and post-PED era career numbers to identify deserving candidates.

I'm happy for the Santo family and the Cubs faithful who lobbied so long for him. I wish it would have happened while he was here to enjoy it.

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:55 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

@CrimeDog27...While Murphy may be deserving I personally still feel it is a crime that the best firstbase man in history is still not in Cooperstown.  Using your info aboe, Steve Garvey had an Avg of .294, 273 HRs, 1308 RBI's, 1149 Runs, 4 Golden Gloves, 83 SB's and was in the top 10 in MVP voting 5 times with one selection.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:55 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

I am so happy for the Ron Santo family, but at the same time...sick to my stomach and how the Hall of Fame, Baseball Writers Association and the Executive Committee operates. Pete Rose can't get in because he gambled (never on his team to lose or threw games)
You can't blame the writers for Pete Rose. He's never been allowed on the ballot. That's MLB's call, not BBWAA.

Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:41 pm

Ron Santo elected to Hall of Fame

Congrats to Ron Santo! Very well deserved! It is unfortunate that he couldn't get in before passing away. It would have been a great and passionate day in Cooperstown but I have no doubt it will still be an emotional day. I tip my hat to the Golden Era Committee. Now I would like to also point out another player that has been overlooked and I think his odds keep increasing as guys like Jim Rice, Andre Dawson, and Santo get in. That is Dale Muprhy. Here are some statistical breakdowns:

Santo .277
Murphy .265

Santo 342
Murphy 398

Santo 1331
Murphy 1266

Santo 1138
Murphy 1197

Golden Gloves
Santo 5
Murphy 5

Santo 35
Murphy 161

Top 10 MVP voting
Santo 4 times. Highest 4th in 1967
Murphy 4 times. Highest was MVP winner in both 1982 and 1983. There is a massive argument he should have been top 5 in 1987. Finishing 2nd in OPS, 2nd in HR, 5th RBI, 5 Runs, and a .295 Avg to boot.

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