A bittersweet day for Cubs fans: Ron Santo finally makes the Hall of Fame

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Today is likely a bittersweet day for Chicago Cubs fans and the family of Ron Santo: the Cubs great will finally be inducted in baseball’s Hall of Fame, but the good news comes almost a year to the day after Santo passed away.

Brooklyn Dodgers legend and former New York Mets manager Gil Hodges fell three votes short of the 12 needed for induction. While his numbers don’t compare favorably with other Hall of Fame first baseman, I had hoped enough voters would be swayed by his character and his managerial accomplishments.

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Posted on December 5, 2011, in Baseball and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Too bad Santo wasn’t here to witness his induction. He’ll watch the ceremony from above.

    Too bad about Hodges. I’ve heard nothing about good things about him from my elders.
    The nicest guy I EVER met in ANY sport- the late Harry Kalas. I have a picture of us together on my wall- right next to my family pics.

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    • I’m too young to remember Hodges, but I’ve got a friend who grew up in Brooklyn who tells the best stories about him. Maybe next time the Golden Era committee convenes…

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  2. I think they messed up by leaving Hodges out. I’ve heard too much good about him. Twice he finished third in HOF voting and the next NINE guys under him those years made it. If Santo is good enough now, he should have been good enough a few years ago when he was alive.

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    • I’ll be honest – I’m not sure the various veterans committees are necessary. If the writers didn’t put somebody in during their original eligibility period, they probably weren’t a Hall of Famer.

      Where things get interesting is with people like Gil Hodges or Joe Torre, who were only considered as players by the writers. If the veterans committee decides to consider their accomplishments as players and managers, they might have grounds to make a different decision.

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