Ron Santo, R.I.P.
I agree with the commenters here: it's just awful that the various committees and voters at the HOF didn't get around to putting him in when he could enjoy it. Ron Santo was a perfectly legitimate Hall of Famer, and I have no doubt at all that he will get in, sooner or later -- the pattern is pretty clear that anyone who gets that close eventually gets in.
I was planning to do a post about the Vet Committee HOF ballot, but didn't get to it...I've said in the past that I'd vote for Tommy John, and I'd have to look very carefully at Ted Simmons and probably would vote for him, and I'd certainly vote for Marvin Miller. Vida Blue was one of my very favorite players, but I think he falls short, alas, as do the rest of the names on the ballot. I'm really not sure if George Steinbrenner was a HOFer or not...if I were voting I'd probably pass, this time around. The standards for team owners strike me as pretty arbitrary, anyway.