Monday, January 3, 2011

Saltzman Says... Three Former Giants on Hall of Fame ballot

Kirk Rueter is one of the San Francisco Giants greatest lefties

Three Former Giants on Hall of Fame ballot

Marquis Grissom, Benito Santiago and Kirk Rueter will not make the Hall of Fame.  They will most likely not stay on the ballot passed Wednesday.  A candidate needs 5% of the vote to stay on the ballot.  Grissom has the best chance to stay on the ballot past this week, but noen of the former Giants will ever receive the necessary 75% of the vote needed for entrance to the Hall of Fame.

Here is a brief bio on the former San Francisco Giants:

Marquis Grissom: Known for his combination of power and speed, Grissom hit 227 home runs and stole 429 bases over 17 seasons with the Expos, Braves, Indians, Brewers, Dodgers and Giants. He also had a career .272 batting average and was an All-Star while with the Expos in 1992 and '93. Primarily a center fielder, he won four straight Gold Gloves from '93-96, winning two with the Expos and two with the Braves. He also had a career .317 batting average in the postseason, helping lead the Braves to the World Series title in '95 before being named MVP of the '97 ALCS with the Indians.

Kirk Rueter: The winningest left-hander in San Francisco Giants history, Rueter won 130 games with a 4.27 ERA in 13 seasons with the Expos and Giants. His best season came in 2002 with the Giants when he went 14-8 with a 3.23 ERA and helped lead the club to the World Series against the Angels before ultimately losing in seven games. He retired having the most wins by a San Francisco Giants left-hander with 105 of his 130 career wins in a Giants uniform.

Benito Santiago: The 1987 NL Rookie of the Year with the Padres, Santiago was one of the better hitting catchers of his era while spending 20 seasons in the Majors with the Padres, Marlins, Reds, Phillies, Cubs, Giants, Royals and Pirates. He tallied a career .263 batting average with 217 home runs and 920 RBIs in 1,978 games. He also won four Silver Sluggers, three Gold Gloves and was a five-time All-Star. He never won a World Series, but was named MVP of the 2002 NLCS while with the Giants and had a career .250 batting average in 28 postseason games.

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