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Ron Santo Has Died

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Ron Santo has died at the age of 70.

Santo is one of the more egregious Hall of Fame snubs out there...9 time All Star, 5 time Gold Glover, a career 125 OPS+ and a .277/.362/.464 line, while playing most of his career in the 60s, when offense was at its lowest levels since the dead ball era.

The main knock on Santo's Hall of Fame case is the length of his career...he debuted at age 20, but his last good year was at age 33, and after a bad age 34 season with the ChiSox, he retired.

B-R has Santo with the 7th highest WAR of any third baseman since 1901, trailing only Mike Schmidt, Eddie Mathews, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Chipper Jones, and Brooks Robinson.*

*  Santo will be passed in career WAR this year by Scott Rolen, who I suspect will also be shafted by the Hall of Fame after he retires.

There are only 10 major league third basemen in the Hall of Fame, which is a separate issue, of course...but Santo is clearly worthy, and it is a shame he passed away before the Veteran's Committee could rectify its mistake.