Ron Santo has been elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame!

It is with great joy that we have learned that Ron Santo was selected by the Veterans Committee to become the latest entrant to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Santo received the necessary percentage to enter, but many (including us) have wondered why it took so long.  Statistically, Ron Santo was already there, and had the resume of other third basemen who were already inducted.  Santo, passed away earlier this year, and it s quite likely that it took this wave of emotion to sweep him into Cooperstown.  Regardless, that it was years too late, we are thrilled with this induction and look forward to removing him at our high rank on the list!
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0 #8 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
RE: Jim Kaat: That's a no from me. He's the ultimate compiler, with a handful of decent seasons but in the end a little better than league-avera ge (108 ERA+). He is, qualitativel y, a little better than Jack Morris, although Kaat did have seven more seasons to pile up his numbers.

There are a number of starters--Co ne, Key, Steib, Tiant among them--who deserve more Veterans Committee consideratio n than Kaat. That's not counting the whole tricky question of relievers (Quisenberry , Franco, Reardon, Carroll) and how valuable they are.
0 #7 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
93.75%. The fact he sailed in that easily after years and years of falling short just tells me this new commitee may actually work toward fixing past mistakes of omission. Allie Reynolds drawing so low is also encouraging, as he shouldn' t have even been on this ballot except for the fact he was almost elected the last time.
Larkin missed by 71 votes last year. That's a lot to make up, but I hope he, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines really gain the support they deserve this time out. Bagwell and Raines won't get in, but double-digit improvement is all I'm asking for.
0 #6 wrestlingman -0001-11-30 00:00
It's about damn time.
-1 #5 EverestMeisterNeg1 -0001-11-30 00:00
And of course, Santo doesn't get in until after he dies. Typical hall of fame bullshit. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that he got in, but would it have killed them to have inducted him 10 years ago?
0 #4 Dr Clayton Forrester -0001-11-30 00:00
Woohoo! Excellent news.
0 #3 Committee Chairman -0001-11-30 00:00
Spheniscus. Agree with you on Kaat. Very nice to see the support he received.
0 #2 Spheniscus -0001-11-30 00:00
Also Santo's election, combined with a weak first time eligible class, means that we will have #2 and mostly likely #3 (and perhaps #1C) removed from our baseball list, which has to be the best that the Hall Voters have done in a while, right?

With Bernie Williams and I dunno who else, Bill Mueller (maybe?) as the top incoming candidates, Barry Larkin has to be the choice since he was the top vote getter who didn't get in last year and already had 62% of the vote.

And Bagwell, who had around 42% as a first time nominee, I bet will have a lot more support this time around once the "He doesn't deserve to be a first ballot HoF" sentiment evaporates. I give him a 1 in 3 shot this season.
0 #1 Spheniscus -0001-11-30 00:00
This is awesome and hugely overdue. The only negative, of course, is that Santo died last year before he got a chance to see it.

Also interesting in this vote was that Jim Kaat finished second. I wouldn't have thought he would have had as much support as he did given who he was up against.

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