Ron Santo Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame; Hodges, Kaat Fall Short

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — For Mets fans, maybe Gil Hodges making the Baseball Hall of Fame would have taken the sting off Jose Reyes’ defection.

Well, sorry.

That honor by the Veterans Committee went to former Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo instead.

The Hall announced the voting results Monday at the winter meetings.

LISTEN: Brooks Robinson discusses Santo pick

Santo was picked almost a year after he died. He was a nine-time All-Star, hit 342 home runs and won five Gold Gloves. He was a Cubs broadcaster for two decades, eagerly rooting for his favorite team on the air.

Santo received 15 votes from the 16-member panel. Jim Kaat drew 10 votes, two short of the required number. Hodges and Minnie Minoso each had nine votes.

Hodges led the “Miracle Mets” to their first World Series title in 1969.

Should Hodges be in the Hall of Fame? Make your case in the comments below…

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  • johnfenyar

    For being one of the superior players of the ’50s and a great manager, ‘The Quiet Man” needs to be in the HOF

  • Ron

    Ditto, Ben, on Donnie Ballgame. And for that matter, Ron Guidry’s career numbers are similar to Sandy Koufax’s.

  • G$

    Put Gil Hodges in the Hall!!

    • Michael Rubin

      AMEN! Hodges numbers-both batting and fielding-and his contribution to baseball cannot be overstated.

  • Ben

    Ron Santo hit just .277, had four (4) 100 R.B.I’S seasons & 2224 hit in 15 seasons. I can’t wait until Don Mattingly is eligible for the Veterans Committee to vote, a career .307 hitter, 2153 hits in 14 seaons, MVP in ‘85, 10 gold gloves & five (5) 100’s seasons, at one time called the best player in baseball.

    If Santos is in, so should the Hit Man

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