With word of former Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo’s selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame came an outcry from fans saddened that the nine-time All-Star didn’t live long enough to enjoy the honor.
Santo, who hit 342 homers and won five Gold Gloves during a 15-year career, died last year of bladder cancer at age 70.
He was chosen by the Veterans Committee Sunday, almost a year to the day after his death, getting 15 votes from the 16-member panel.
Santo’s case reminds one of another infielder who was elected to the Hall of Fame shortly after dying, an individual who has largely slipped into obscurity over the decades.
Rabbit Maranville was an outstanding defensive infielder who spent 23 years in the Majors and, even though more than 75 years have passed since he retired, still holds the record for the most career putouts by a shortstop.
Maranville’s election to the Hall in mid-1954 prompted questions.
Apparently, Texas Rangers relief pitcher Arthur Rhodes isn’t big on social networking. The 41-year-old lefthander doesn’t mind advertising the fact, either.
In a May 16 Sports Illustrated article on the longevity of lefthanded pitchers, Rhodes lays out quite clearly that he not only isn’t the most tech-savvy guy in the major leagues, but that he doesn’t care:
I don’t do the Twitter, I don’t do no Facebook, I don’t do none of that crap. I don’t have time to be on the computer and chat with people.
SI says that the extent of Rhodes’s pastimes can be neatly summarized: “Going out there and throwing strikes and getting guys out,” he says.