Vets Committee Elects... No One

Looks like Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn will stand alone at the July 29th Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown.

Ron Santo, Jim Kaat, former head of the Major League Baseball Players Association and all the other candidates were left out of the Hall Tuesday when the Veterans Committee refrained from admitting new members for the third straight election.

Santo, former Cubs third baseman, five-time Gold Glover and nine-time All-Star, was picked on 57 of 82 ballots, racking up 70% of the vote... just 5 votes shy of an induction.

Kaat, a 283-game winner, nabbed 52 votes while Gil Hodges, who hit 370 home runs in his career, tallied fifty. Three-time AL batting Champ had 47 - a complete travesty.

A 15-member panel was expanded in 2002 to include all living Hall of Famers. The new committee votes every other year for players and every four years for the umpires, managers and executives. The 84 eligible voters on the vets committee included 61 Hall members, 14 broadcasters, eight writers and one holdover from the previous panel.

The rest of the players ballot was highlighted by Joe Torre, Roger Maris, Luis Tiant, Maury Wills and Bobby Bonds.

[Hartford Courant]


Bassmaster said...

That's a great picture.

Megs said...

Is there some sort of elitist business going on with the veterans committee?