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MLB HOF – Who’s In & Who’s Out

By bullpenbrian - December 3, 2008 - 2:21 am Leave a comment.

Rickey says Rickey is a HOF

I don’t get too caught up anymore in MLB’s HOF inductions. This process is just one of several yearly blunders by the league.

Yes, it’s a shame the league hasn’t worked to make defining a HOF career more clear.

And the league’s stubbornness to do so slowly erodes the fans passion for celebrating the event.

So in the meantime, I like to stick by this definition…we know a HOF when we see one.

For example, Rickey Henderson…great player, Mark Grace…good player.

Below I’ve listed the eligible players for induction, then categorized them into No Chance, Long Shot and Good Chance by my assessment.

All that being said, let the debate begin…and riddle me this Batman: why isn’t Ron Santo in the Hall???

Here’s the list of the players eligible for the 2009 HOF inductions:

• Harold Baines

• Jay Bell

• Bert Blyleven

• David Cone

• Andre Dawson

• Ron Gant

• Mark Grace

• Rickey Henderson

• Tommy John

• Don Mattingly

• Mark McGwire

• Jack Morris

• Dale Murphy

• Jesse Orosco

• Dave Parker

• Dan Plesac

• Tim Raines

• Jim Rice

• Lee Smith

• Alan Trammell

• Greg Vaughn

• Mo Vaughn

• Matt Williams

No Chance:

• Jay Bell

• Ron Gant

• Mark Grace

• Mark McGwire

• Dan Plesac

• Alan Trammell

• Greg Vaughn

• Mo Vaughn

• Matt Williams

Long Shots:

• Bert Blyleven

• David Cone

• Tommy John

• Don Mattingly

• Dale Murphy

• Jesse Orosco

• Tim Raines

Good Chance:

• Andre Dawson

• Rickey Henderson

• Jack Morris

• Dave Parker

• Lee Smith

• Jim Rice

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Bullpen Legend Ron Santo

By bullpenbrian - May 24, 2008 - 1:17 am 1 comment.

Santo

Although Ron Santo is currently best recognized for his emotional color commentary on the Chicago Cubs WGN radio broadcasts, his 14 years spent as the team’s third baseman made him one of the best in the business.

The Seattle native rushed onto the scene at Wrigley Field finishing fourth in the Rookie of the Year Award voting at just 20-years-old.

His following year began a string of 11 consecutive seasons playing no less than 154 games, including a stretch of five straight Gold Glove Awards from 1964-1968.

Santo also became baseball’s first third baseman to collect more than 300 home runs (342) and five Gold Gloves, a feat later matched by Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt.

What’s also noteworthy of Santo’s baseball career is his introduction of the batting helmet’s ear flap. During the 1966 season Santo suffered a broken cheekbone after being hit by a pitch.

He later returned wearing a protective ear flap on his batting helmet, thus the ear flap became a staple on all batting helmets thereafter.

Perhaps Santo’s best season came during 1969 when the right-handed batter posted a .289 avg., 29 HRs and 123 RBIs.

However, the Cubs suffered a late season collapse against the New York Mets and failed to make the post-season, a black mark that haunts Santo to this day.

It’s a crime the nine time All Star is not in baseball’s Hall of Fame when considering his career numbers: .277 avg., 1,138-R, 342-HRs, 1,331 RBIs and the 5-Gold Gloves.

The Hall’s Veteran Committee denied Santo induction by a mere eight votes in 2005, he later fell five votes short in the 2007 voting. Santo’s next chance for the Hall of Fame is during 2009.

See Santo’s career statistics at baseball-reference.com.

Read more articles like this at the Baseball Legends blog.

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