Results tagged ‘ Ron Santo ’
The Cubs are expected to get a first-hand look at Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes on Tuesday in the Dominican Republic. Jason McLeod, senior vice president of scouting and player development, was part of the Cubs contingent in the Dominican. Cespedes set a single-season record by hitting 33 home runs. The 26-year-old right-handed hitting outfielder has worked out for the Red Sox and Yankees, among other teams. However, his asking price, believed to be around $50 million, may be a little steep. McLeod also had a chance to scout 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler in the Dominican.
* Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo will return next season and be part of new Cubs manager Dale Sveum’s staff, baseball sources said. Jaramillo talked to Sveum over the weekend. Sveum is still putting together his staff, and an official announcement was expected soon, possibly after the Thanksgiving holiday. Coaches Bobby Dernier and Ivan DeJesus will not return, according to a source.
* Ryne Sandberg, who guided the Phillies’ Triple-A team to its first winning season and into the International League championship series, will return as the IronPigs manager in 2012. Sandberg had interviewed for the Cardinals’ Major League manager vacancy, which ultimately went to former St. Louis catcher Mike Matheny.
* Tuesday is the official release date for WGN Radio’s Pat Hughes new CD highlighting Ron Santo’s career. It’s a fun-filled collection of Santo clips from the “Pat & Ron Show” broadcasts, including discussions between the two on cage dancing, cake, “Al Fonseca,” Brant Brown, and more. It’s an absolute must for fans of Santo, who died last December. The CD is the 10th in Hughes’ “Baseball Voices” series, which naturally is the perfect one to honor No. 10. You can purchase it on Cubs.com or at baseballvoices.com.
— Carrie Muskat
Former Cubs third baseman Ron Santo was one of 10 former players named to the Baseball Hall of Fame’s “Golden Era” ballot, which will be voted on by a special committee Dec. 5 at the Winter Meetings. The committee consists of 16 members, including Hall of Famers, executives, historians and media members. A candidate must receive at least 12 votes to be elected. Santo was a finalist on several occasions through the Veterans Committee. The long time third baseman and broadcaster died last December.
The other finalists on the ballot include Minnie Minoso, Buzzie Bavasi, Jim Katt, Allie Reynolds, Ken Boyer, Luis Tiant, Charlie O. Finley, Gil Hodges and Tony Oliva.
— Carrie Muskat
You can help Ron Santo and Pat Hughes get into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Santo and Hughes are among the 75 candidates vying for the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting. This is Hughes’ 16th season as WGN Radio’s play by play announcer. Santo’s last season as the team’s analyst was 2010. The former Cubs third baseman, who died last December, began his broadcasting career in 1990 and teamed with Hughes for 15 seasons.
Fans can cast votes for the Cubs radio broadcasters at the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/baseballhall. This is the ninth consecutive year the fans will select three of the 10 names on the ballot for the Frick Award. Voting runs from Thursday through Sept. 30, and fans can cast votes once per day through September.
The Hall of Fame has trimmed the list of fan-eligible candidates to 75, with two representing every current big league team and 15 at-large selections. The selections were based on popularity, longevity and past voting results in the online fan balloting. Eligible candidates must have a minimum of 10 years of continuous Major League broadcast service with a ball club, network, or a combination of the two.
Results of the fan voting will be announced Oct. 5. The final 2012 Frick Award ballot will be comprised of the three fan selections, along with seven other candidates, determined by a Hall of Fame staff research team. The winner will be announced Dec. 6 at the Winter Meetings.
— Carrie Muskat
Everyone has their special memory of Ron Santo. Mike Quade got a chance to interact with the late third baseman and broadcaster daily, and that relationship developed when he got the manager’s job last August.
“What a character,” Quade said of Santo, who will be honored Wednesday with a statue outside Wrigley Field. “Growing up as a kid and all of us who have watched him and the way he went about his business and the blue collar type of approach he had, all of that is near and dear to my heart as well as everybody else’s. The fact you can come to this ballpark and take a look at he and Billy [Williams] and Ernie [Banks] and some of the great players here on a daily basis with a statue out there is something special.”
The Cubs tweaked their batting practice schedule so the players could attend the ceremony on the corner of Addison and Sheffield. Santo’s passion for the Cubs and the game inspired catcher Koyie Hill to create the “PASS10N” t-shirts.
“It was nuts — his passion,” Quade said. “I don’t think I’ve met anybody who had passion like Ronnie did and it was sincere as the day is long. To ride on a plane with him after a loss — you could’ve won 10 in a row and you lose a game and he’s devastated and it was real. I think for all the things you remember about him — and back in the day when you could be with a club for years and years and years, he and Ernie and Billy meant as much to the city as anybody baseball wise, at least in my lifetime.
“We miss him. This is going to be a real good day.”
— Carrie Muskat
Billy Williams has shared a spot in the Cubs lineup with Ron Santo, and played with the third baseman in the Minor Leagues and Major Leagues. The Hall of Fame outfielder is more than willing to share his corner at Addison and Sheffield streets outside Wrigley Field.
On Wednesday night, the Cubs will unveil a statue honoring the late Santo, who died in December at the age of 70. The bronze will be placed on the same corner near the right field corner as a statue of Williams.
“I wish he could have been here for this,” Williams said of his former teammate. “I’m really thrilled about it. With Ernie and myself having been pillars of this organization, it’s only fitting for him to have a statue.”
Santo’s statue will be the third of a Cubs player, joining Banks, whose bronze is at the Clark and Addison corner, and Williams, whose statue was added last year. There also is a bronze of broadcaster Harry Caray at the corner of Sheffield and Waveland.
“We’ve been sharing third, fourth place all the time [in the lineup],” said Williams, who played for the Cubs from 1959-74, while Santo played from 1960-73. “We were in Double-A, Triple-A baseball together. Rogers Hornsby put his stamp of approval on us. It’s nice [the statues are together]. I like sharing the corner with the guy.”
Williams will join Santo’s former teammates Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Randy Hundley and Glenn Beckert at the festivities, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. CT.
— Carrie Muskat
The Cubs will unveil a statue of late third baseman and broadcaster Ron Santo on Wednesday at the corner of Sheffield and Addison streets outside Wrigley Field. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. CT, and guests scheduled to attend include members of the Santo and Ricketts families and several of Santo’s teammates, including Ernie Banks, Glenn Beckert, Randy Hundley, Fergie Jenkins, Milt Pappas and Billy Williams. In honor of the event, the Cubs will donate $10 from every ticket sold on Cubs.com using the special promo code “JDRF.” The Cubs play host to the Nationals that night at Wrigley Field.
— Carrie Muskat
Kerry Wood did not make the trip to Miller Park but stayed in Chicago to deal with flu-like symptoms.Wood was too ill to get on the team bus for the start of the Cubs’ three-game series against the Brewers. Jeff Samardzija will likely fill Wood’s role as the right-handed set-up pitcher.
Catcher Koyie Hill, who had similar symptoms on Sunday, was back and healthy. However, the Cubs were without outfielder Reed Johnson, whose back was stiff and sore, which made him unavailable on Sunday.
“Right now, it’s OK,” Johnson said of his back. “I’ll probably give it a day or so and make sure it’s moving in the right direction and if not, then we’ll have to make a decision as to what to do with me. If things keep moving in the right direction then I won’t have to go on the [disabled list]. That’s always the goal.”
* GM Jim Hendry and his staff were in Chicago to monitor moves heading into Sunday’s Trade Deadline. Manager Mike Quade is staying focused on the current roster. The Cubs began play Tuesday 12 games back in the National League Central. That doesn’t deter Quade.
“Why not?” he said as the team began a 10-game trip against the Brewers, Cardinals and Pirates. “What if we win 10 out of 12 — who knows?
“It’s an interesting division,” Quade said. “What are there, 60 games left? Let’s go play ’em and see. Daunting task, four clubs in front of you, not having played well, but why not?”
Does that mean Quade wants to the Cubs to be active and make some deals?
“That’s not my business,” he said. “My business is to see if we can beat [Chris] Narveson tonight.
“Time will take care of all the prognostications,” Quade said. “I’m not a lunatic. There’s a lot of work to do ahead of us but we’re playing the right clubs and let’s see if we can’t put something together.”
* Quade and several players took part in the 15th annual Ron Santo golf tournament on Monday to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Quade didn’t golf but rode in a cart around the Kemper Lakes course with Santo’s wife, Vickie and “antagonized” the other golfers. Santo, the popular Cubs radio broadcaster and third baseman, died in December 2010. The Cubs will honor Santo when they unveil a statue of him at Wrigley Field on Aug. 10.
— Carrie Muskat
Pat Hughes has a new book out that’s a collection of stories about late Ron Santo. It’s called “Ron Santo: A Perfect 10,” and is available now on Cubs.com, Ronsantobook.com, or at Chicagoland Jewel and Binny’s Beverage Depot locations. Hughes said orders placed by 12 p.m. CT on Wednesday should get delivery in time for Father’s Day on Sunday.
Santo died December 3, 2010, of complications from bladder cancer. Hughes was asked by the Santo family to be the primary eulogist at the funeral in Chicago. That sparked some memories.
The book features more than 40 voices as current Cubs players such as Kerry Wood, Santo’s former teammates like Ernie Banks and Fergie Jenkins, and some family share stories. Ron Santo Jr. encouraged Hughes to write the book after a conversation at the Cubs Convention in January.
“I just want people to remember Ron with a smile on their face,” Hughes said.
— Carrie Muskat