December 3, 2010 by staff
Ron Santo, There was no other reason for him to spend much of his life attached to it despite living with type 1 diabetes. Not a consecration implored the Baseball Hall of Fame more than Santo, and he died this morning, without honor. For light, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the Veterans Committee ignored him should be ashamed enormous.
For the decade of 1960, was the third baseman Santo best in baseball. He won the Gold Gloves, hit home runs (342 in his career), and press for the average (0.277). He led National League third basemen all relevant statistics defensive throughout the 1960s. He made nine All-Star Games, and always played with great passion and excitement. Santo career statistics are borderline for the Hall of Fame in comparison with the other ten third basemen has already registered.
This brings him full extent, is that he has done all his health before flying four or five seasons of production. Had he been healthy and able to continue playing, there is little doubt he would have finished his career with 400 homers and 1,500 + RBI +. That would make him one of the two third basemen in baseball history to reach the plateau. Add to that his defensive excellence, durability (11 straight seasons with over 150 games played), and unbridled enthusiasm, and Santo is obvious.
All the guys wanted were the phone to ring with an invitation to Cooperstown for induction, but the committee of the veteran never did that to happen. It is even difficult to guess why. Perhaps four Hall of Fame of a team that never made the series seems excessive for them. Perhaps his best uniform was overshadowed by that of two Billy Williams and Ernie Banks. Maybe they have something against people with diabetes. Who knows?
The Baseball Writers Association of America (where the hell else is an association of baseball writers come from?) Who voted for the room during the 15 years of qualifying players has never been smarter. The threshold is a player to receive votes on 75% of the ballots. Santo received for only 40% in 1998, his final year on the ballot.
Ron Santo will go one day but it will not be there to experience to join this fraternity. Nobody wanted more. And as the best third baseman in the game for a decade, he deserved this recognition. As a man has battled ill health to play first, then describe games for the Cubs, who have worked tirelessly to raise money and recognition for diabetes, it deserved more than this small cabal of men in Committee of the Veteran was denied. Santo has a career well played, and a life well lived. Shame on those who do not want to honor him.
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