No entry to Cooperstown

first_imgFormer Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo got 57 votes, the most of the nominees, to fall five votes short of induction. Long-time major-league pitcher Jim Kaat was just behind Santo with 52, and former outfielder Tony Oliva had 47. Newcombe got 17 votes. The veterans committee was restructured after 2001, when it elected Bill Mazeroski to the Hall. The result was a committee that now includes all 61 living members of the Hall, along with a handful of writers and broadcasters and a committee that has yet to elect a single player to the Hall in six years of voting. Wills did get seven more votes than he received in 2005 (the veterans committee votes every other year), but Hodges actually lost ground after getting 52 votes two years ago. Long-time Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley, who died in 1979, also fell short on the “composite” ballot for non-playing personnel. The Dodgers will take five regular position players – one more than the league-mandated minimum for road games – to Walt Disney World for their Grapefruit League opener on Thursday against Atlanta. Shortstop Rafael Furcal will lead off and be followed by center fielder Juan Pierre, with third baseman Wilson Betemit, catcher Russell Martin and right fielder Andre Ethier batting farther down in the lineup. VERO BEACH, Fla. – Dodgers legends Gil Hodges, Don Newcombe and Maury Wills failed to gain entry to baseball’s Hall of Fame again on Tuesday, and so did everyone else whose name appeared on the veterans committee ballot. The late Hodges, a cornerstone of the Brooklyn Dodgers teams of the 1950s, received 50 of the 62 votes needed for election (75 percent of the 82 ballots cast). Wills, a Dodgers spring-training instructor who stole a then-record 104 bases and won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 1962, received 33 votes. center_img Reserve infielders Olmedo Saenz (first base) and Ramon Martinez (second base) also will start, as will outfield prospect Matt Kemp in left. Left-handed starter Randy Wolf tentatively is scheduled to pitch two innings, followed by Chad Billingsley and non-roster invitee Travis Smith. Manager Grady Little plans to protect Takashi Saito’s injured right calf by holding him out of game action until at least the latter part of next week, but the closer has been on a regular throwing program all spring and has started a running regimen. “He threw two innings of (live) batting practice (Monday) and came out of it great,” Little said. “He is gradually increasing his running, which is all great.” Saito hurt himself while jogging in Japan more than a month ago, then aggravated the injury about three weeks later. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more