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For some former MLB players, Wednesday afternoon was bittersweet. Bitter in the sense that they had not just made the Hall of Fame, but sweet in the sense that they had another shot. For Johan Santana, however, Wednesday afternoon would only be bitter. That’s because with only 2.4 percent of the vote, Santana is already off the ballot. It would be his first, and as it turns out only, year on the ballot.

To stay on, Santana would have needed 5 percent of the vote. In this case, he was 12 votes shy of staying on. And honestly, it’s a little difficult to understand why. Now, we’re not saying that Santana would have eventually found himself in the Hall of Fame. But 2.4 percent for a two-time Cy Young winner, and arguably one of the best pitchers in the game during a five-year stretch from 2004 through 2008? If nothing else, it’s interesting.

What follows is a tale everybody knows by now.

On June 1, 2012, Santana would toss a 134-pitch no-hitter. Not only was it the first of his career, but it was also the first in Mets’ franchise history. However, numerous injuries would emerge for the hurler after that. Over his final 10 starts that season, he would post an ERA of 8.27. And despite numerous comeback attempts, he’d never pitch in the majors again following that season.

But Santana is best remembered for winning the Cy Young crown two times over a three-year span (2004, 2006). For six consecutive seasons, he would finish top-7 in Cy Young voting. All but one of those seasons (2008) came as a member of the Minnesota Twins. But that’s where the story ends.

Not with a welcome mat or thunderous celebration, but with 2.4 percent of the vote.

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This article first appeared on The Sports Post and was syndicated with permission.

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