Former Cubs third baseman Ron Santo waited his whole life to get into the Hall of Fame. Sadly, he died last year without ever getting that chance.
But the writers of the Fansided MLB network have done our part to give Santo his due. We conducted a shadow Veterans Committee vote in anticipation of the real vote next week. You can read the full results at Call to the Pen.
Twins players Jim Kaat and Tony Oliva didn’t get enough love. Of the 22 ballots submitted, each Minnesota player received 7 votes, well short of the 17 needed to win. Luis Tiant, who spent a year with the Twins but played mostly for the Red Sox, garnered 8 votes. Hopefully they’ll do a little better next Monday, when the 16 members of the real Veterans Committee make their choices.
Read more about Kaat’s Hall of Fame case here, and Oliva’s accomplishments here. If you want to do more than read, there’s still time to write a letter to the members of the Veterans Committee. Find instructions at VoteTonyO.com (that site supports Oliva, but you can certainly use the same methods to help support Kaat).