Seattle native Santo elected to Hall of Fame

The Winter Meetings are off and running here in the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas, though don’t expect a flood of news to pour out immediately. The Marlins popped the big story last night with the signing of Jose Reyes, but the first day of the meetings often is more talking than action.

One thing we can report right out of the gate is the selection of Seattle’s own Ron Santo to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Santo, a 1958 graduate of Franklin High, was elected by the Golden Era Committee. That’s the same avenue that former Mariners GM Pat Gillick rode into the Hall last year.

Santo, who died just over a year ago on Dec. 3, 2010, was a nine-time All-Star with the Cubs, who he played for from 1960-73 before finishing up with the White Sox in ’74.

Santo received 15 of the 16 votes of the Golden Era Committee to exceed the 75 percent (12 votes) required. Jim Kaat earned 10 votes.

Santo indeed played in a different era. He agreed to a $20,000 signing bonus to join the Cubs and maxed out with a $115,000 a year salary in the final two seasons of his career.

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