Nominees for the Veteran's Committee Announced in Cooperstown

Very big news on our front occured today.  The Baseball Hall of Fame announced their nominees for the Veteran's Committee Ballot, and by our standards, the list contains some serious heavyweights.  This list is based on the "Golden Era" candidates from 1947 to 1972.

Ron Santo (#2 on our list) could very well find his way in this year.  Recently deceased, the attention on inducting the Cubs superstar has never been higher.  Many fans of Baseball (and not only in Chicago) have pointed to the oversight of Ron Santo to be one of the biggest oversights in Hall of Fame history, and based on our high rank; it is obvious what we think.  We would be thrilled if he got in.

Minnie Minoso (#4 on our list) is another candidate whose play in the 1950's is gaining more respect.  Another star from Chicago (This time, the White Sox), Minoso's number was retired at Comiskey.  This would be another induction that we feel is long overdue.

Gil Hodges (#5 on our list) holds the dubious honor of having the most Hall of Fame votes without getting into the Hall of Fame.  Hodges was very popular, but unlike the above stars, he is  not a sabremetrician's dream.

Tony Oliva (#17 on our list) was on pace for Cooperstown, but injuries prevented that golden path.  Another look at the first half of his career could gain him entry

Jim Kaat (#19 on our list) could very well be the best fielding pitcher of all time.  Throw in over 280 wins and you have a ballplayer who does not seem out of place in the Hall of Fame.

Luis Tiant (#33 on our list) should be inducted just for his cigars and moustache.

Ken Boyer (#40 on our list) was a former MVP and one of the top third basemen of his time.  He did recieve decent Hall of Fame support during his initial candidacy.

Allie Reynolds (#41 on our list) is the player who you have to go back the furthest in history to check his stats.  The former Yankee was a post war star, but as part of a loaded team he could be either aided or hurt by that fact.

Former General manager, Buzzie Bavasi and former owner Charlie Finley are also on the ballot.

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0 #9 Committee Chairman -0001-11-30 00:00
I remember that comment from Morgan. Me thinks the Veteran' s Committee will pitch a shutout.
0 #8 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
Reggie Jackson stated as much, Chairman. And Joe Morgan, who is actually on the exectuive board for the HOF, has often said only players can truly judge whetehr a player is a Hall of Famer or not, as well as saying he had a problem with voting on layers he has not seen personally. That's not exactly a confidence builder in the process.
0 #7 Committee Chairman -0001-11-30 00:00
I have always thought that the problem with the Veteran' s Committee is that since they are made up of former players, they like to keep their club as exclusive as possible.
0 #6 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
Allie Reynolds missed by one vote the last go-around, and he's probably the worst candidate on the list, no more than a borderline HOF'er who was helped by his teams as much as anyone.

Somebody up there does not like Santo, he's been on some sort of ballot for over 30 years and hasn't been that close. The guy was a top-10 all-time third baseman, he should have been in years ago.

I would not mind either Bavasi or Finley getting in. Gabe Paul was as worthy of either. Everyone besides Reynolds has a solid argument, although Brooklyn romanticism has placed Gil Hodges on a higher pedestal than he should be.
0 #5 wrestlingman -0001-11-30 00:00
Ron Santo and Gil Hodges should both get in. If neither one of them do it's a damn shame.
0 #4 Spheniscus -0001-11-30 00:00
Santo definitely should have been in while he was alive (so should Buck O'Neill, but that is another issue for the pre-1947 committee).

I'-) also love to see a maverick like Charlie Finley get in (particularl y if we could find a way to get him in place of Tom Yawkey and this is coming from a Red Sox fan).

Just so long as they elect someone because so often these committees don't elect anyone.
0 #3 Committee Chairman -0001-11-30 00:00
No argument from me!
0 #2 Dr Clayton Forrester -0001-11-30 00:00
As a Cubs fan, it's Ron Santo or nothing. He should have gone in while he was alive though.
0 #1 EverestMeisterNeg1 -0001-11-30 00:00
Minoso and Hodges both belong in the Hall of fame, and if Santo doesn't get in I will officially have lost faith in humanity.

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