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Ron Santo elected to the Hall of Fame

Ron Santo elected to the Hall of Fame

"I think he would have clicked his heels."

-- Billy Williams on how Ron Santo would have reacted to the news on being elected to the Hall of Fame.

Well, after all these years it finally happened.  Ron Santo will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

Santo received 15 of 16 votes from the newly appointed Golden Era Committee.  He was the only player selected. Jim Kaat was next with 10 votes, 2 votes shy, while White Sox great Minnie Minoso received 9 votes.

It makes me both happy and angry that baseball finally decided to elect Santo posthumously. Angry, obviously, because he's not here to celebrate.  He would have just been overwhelmed with gratitude and handled it with the same class he did when he was inexplicably snubbed year after year.

There will always be a part of me that is angry with both the BBWAA and the Veteran's Committee for not handling his candidacy objectively, for continuing to use outdated criteria, and for their flat-out pettiness.

And maybe there's enough people out there who are angry enough to do something about the dysfunctional, antiquated election process.  Responsibility should be taken away from sportswriters because they've mishandled it.  They've had years of opportunity to arm themselves with better information and have failed to do so.

Perhaps the solution is that the current  voters should be replaced by an unbiased committee that would make decisions based almost entirely on objective criteria.

In lieu of being able to watch Ron Santo enjoy his enshrinement, then the next best thing that would give me satisfaction is to can the people and the system that didn't allow it to happen.

Despite my displeasure with everything that has led up to Santo's election, ultimately I'm happy they finally got it right. I'm happy because at least his family, colleagues, peers, and Cubs fans can enjoy it.  Future generations of Cubs fan will see Santo as he deserved to be seen, enshrined among the game's best.

Congratulations Ronny...wherever you are.

 

 

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  • I am happy for Ron, his family, fans and friends but, as I said the other day, part of me would like to tell off the bungholes who failed to elect him during his lifetime. An absolute travesty in my opinion.

  • In reply to Hubbs16:

    You and me both. If I were giving the speech, I'd say thank you and then rip the process.

  • I'm pleased but pissed. He was denied the opportunity to enjoy an honor that was his right, as established by his dominant playing career. The baseball writers can go to hell for refusing to elect him when he was on the ballot.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    So true. I got into a heated discussion with a friend (Sox fan) about this and as guy that knows baseball, I was disappointed how he felt. It seemed like it was more ignorance on his part. Oh well! At least he finally got in.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    Yes, absolutely. I wonder how they can look at themselves in the mirror. Petty, small *&^#@$*s.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    Only way to describe this moment is bittersweet.

    They need to change the system or make the bad writers accountable somehow and revoke their privileges.

  • Wowsers! It's about time! He should've been in the HoF a long time ago.

  • Agreed...it's a shame and an embarrassment to baseball.

  • Shame on the veterens commitee for this, they should have done this when Santo could have enjoyed this. They are the worst.....this is waaay overdue.

  • In reply to Steve Flores:

    The Veteran's Committe and the BBWAA are an absolute joke.

  • Nine All Star selections, Five Golden Gloves (when it meant something), Eight straight years of 25+HR/90+RBI a career OBP+ of 125... what exactly changed after his death that made him suddenly "deserve it"?

    They can go pound sand.

  • In reply to untitledreality:

    Well said...Santo deserved in by any measurement, old stats, new metrics, subjective awards, character...he qualified in every way imaginable.

  • Good job Golden Era Committe! Congrats Ron! Know you're up there enjoying this one, wish you were with us though. You deserved this for too long.

  • I like your ideas too John, and I think it should be a smaller committe like this Golden Era one.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I think so too. Get a small group of people who are baseball smart in various ways, including statistics and objective measurements. Got to get smart people who played the game too -- guys like Doug Glanville.

  • Today's just a good day to me. I let go of all the anger directed towards the BBWAA & veterans commitee when Ronnie died, really let it out. It pissed me off so much when I heard the news that day. It's hard to think of someone's death as bittersweet, but it was sweet in the way of celebrating his life & baseball career, & in knowing that he was no longer suffering. The bitterness was in losing such a passionate person, & also in the pure anger of knowing that he would never be alive to know the joy that this day today brings, and the day of enshrinement. So let's enjoy this for Ron. I do hope that whomever gives the speach does rip into the process quite thoroughly ;)

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Great way to put it ChiRy...

  • I loved Ron, my favorite Cub ever. Every time he was up I would be sick with anxiety. While I am happy that it finally happened, not being able to see his reaction is inexcusable. But he is up there enjoying, that I know in my heart.

  • In reply to Teppi Jacobsen:

    Well said, Teppi...

  • Well Pete Rose, if you didn't know your fate already it just got shown to you today...

  • To paraphrase what I wrote on the other Ron Santo board (I have great timing for getting to boards absolutely last - maybe I am here again): I live in upstate New York and think visits to the Hall of Fame are absolutely wonderful. But as a record of the greatest, or the best of the best, I do not take it seriously.

    He deserved it, but the way it worked out takes pretty much all of the joy out of it.

  • In reply to bruno14:

    I'll take your place as the last person on the board...for now ;) Great comment...last line says it all.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Ronnie in the HOF which He deserved years ago is the same crowning achievement in my heart as a fan of the man and player as a Cubs World Series victory. In one word....Epic. Love You Ronnie!!!!

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