Up above, see the live footage from the blog where we brought you the announcement that Ron Santo had been selected to the Hall of Fame.
Some early news here this morning concerning longtime Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo, a Seattle native who died a year ago this week after complications from diabetes. Santo was a nine-time all-star who posted an .826 on-base-plus-slugging percentage lifetime to go with 2,254 hits over 14 seasons. He had a .277 batting average and 1,331 runs batted in.
His Hall of Fame candidacy had topped out at 43 percent of the vote back in 1998, but the veterans' committee decided to give him the nod in a bittersweet moment. Santo had truly hoped to see this day come, but never got the chance.
He was named on 15 of the committee's 16 ballots, needing 12 to get in. Longtime pitcher Jim Kaat just missed getting selected after being named on 10 ballots.