This is short and sweet- I am asking the question WILL Santo be elected into the HOF, or not. I am not asking SHOULD he, but WILL he. Also, if you say no, do you think he ever will? Feel free to post any other comments about his chances.
10 finalists courtesy of mlb.com
Here are the 10 finalists for the post-1942 ballot:
• Allen, a third baseman and first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Oakland A's from 1963-77, was named the National League's Rookie of the Year in '64 and later earned the '72 American League MVP Award.
• Hodges was the first baseman on the great Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers teams that won seven pennants and two World Series titles from 1947-59. His 18-year career began in '43 and ended in '63 with the New York Mets. His 14 career grand slams were once an NL record, and he was an eight-time All-Star.
• Kaat, a left-hander who pitched 25 seasons from 1959-83 for the original Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins, White Sox, Phillies, New York Yankees and Cardinals, posted a 283-237 record and won 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards from '62-77.
• Oliva, a right fielder and designated hitter, who played 15 seasons with the Twins from 1962-76, won three AL batting titles. The first two came in his first two full seasons -- '64 (.323) and '65 (.321) -- and he added another in '71 (.337).
• Oliver, an outfielder and first baseman, who played 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Phillies and Dodgers, had two 200-hit seasons and 11 seasons hitting .300 or better, including nine in a row from 1976-84.
• Pinson, a center fielder, who played 18 seasons from 1958-75 for the Cincinnati Reds, Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, California Angels and Kansas City Royals, had 2,757 hits and was selected to play in four All-Star games.
• Santo, a third baseman, who played the first 14 of his 15 seasons with the Chicago Cubs, was a nine-time All-Star and earned five consecutive Gold Glove Awards (1964-68).
• Tiant, who pitched 19 years from 1964-82 for the Indians, Twins, Boston Red Sox, Yankees, Pirates and Angels, was a three-time All-Star and compiled a 229-172 record, leading the AL in shutouts three times.
• Torre, a catcher, first baseman and third baseman during his 18-year career from 1960-77, played for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, the Cardinals and the Mets. A .297 lifetime hitter, he was a nine-time All-Star and the 1971 NL MVP for the Cardinals, although his 28-year managerial career could influence the vote. Now with the Dodgers, Torre has taken teams to the playoffs 13 years in a row, and won four World Series titles with the Yankees.
• Wills, a shortstop, played 14 seasons from 1959-72 with the Dodgers, Pirates and Montreal Expos. In 1962, Wills became the first player to steal 100 bases when his 104 led the Majors and shattered Ty Cobb's record of 96 set in '15. Henderson now holds the single-season record with 130 in '82.
Here are the 10 finalists for the pre-1943 ballot:
• Dahlen was a shortstop for the Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and Boston Braves from 1891-1911, and had 2,457 hits and 547 stolen bases.
• Ferrell, a right-handed pitcher and brother of Hall of Famer Rick Ferrell, recorded a 193-128 during his 15-year career with the Indians, Boston Red Sox, Senators, Yankees, Dodgers and Braves from 1927-41.
• Gordon played 11 seasons as a second baseman with the Yankees and Indians from 1938-43 and '46-50, winning the AL MVP Award in '42.
• Magee, a left fielder, played from 1904-19 with the Phillies, Braves and Reds and won the batting title in '10 with the Phillies with a .331 average.
• Mays, a right-handed pitcher, who was 207-126 from 1915-29 for the Red Sox, Yankees, Reds and Giants, was best known for having thrown the only pitch in baseball history that killed a player, when as a member of the Yankees he beaned Indians shortstop Ray Chapman in '20.
• Reynolds, a right-handed pitcher, was 182-107 over 13 years from 1942-54 with the Indians and Yankees, and threw two no-hitters for the Yankees during the '51 season.
• Stephens, another shortstop, played 15 seasons from 1941-55 with the St. Louis Browns, Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles, and was an eight-time All-Star and led the AL in RBIs three times.
• Vernon, a first baseman, who played 21 seasons from 1939-43 and '46-60 with the Senators, Indians, Red Sox, Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates, was named to seven All-Star teams and won two AL batting titles, both for the Senators.
• Walters, a right-handed pitcher, was 198-160 during his 16-year career for the Phillies, Reds and Braves, and won the 1939 NL MVP Award en route to earning the pitching Triple Crown, leading the league in wins (27), ERA (2.29) and strikeouts (137).• White was the last of the barehanded catchers. He played 20 seasons before the turn of the 20th century (1871-90) for teams in the National Association, NL and Players League. He led his leagues in batting twice (.367 in '75 and .387 in '77).White was the last of the barehanded catchers. He played 20 seasons before the turn of the 20th century (1871-90) for teams in the National Association, NL and Players League. He led his leagues in batting twice (.367 in '75 and .387 in '77).