December 31, 2010
Cooperstown 2011: Benito Sanitago
First Year on Ballot
PLAYING CAREER: San Diego Padres (1986–1992), Florida Marlins (1993–1994), Cincinnati Reds (1995), Philadelphia Phillies (1996), Toronto Blue Jays (1997–1998), Chicago Cubs (1999), Cincinnati Reds (2000), San Francisco Giants (2001–2003), Kansas City Royals (2004) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2005)
ACHIEVEMENTS: Career batting average of .263 with 217 home runs. 1987 National League Rookie of the Year after putting together a rookie-record 34-game hitting streak. Three-straight Gold Glove Awards (1988-1990) and five All-Star selections (1989-1992 and 2002).
HOVG THOUGHTS: Likely one and done...Santiago looked to be, possibly, the next great catcher when he hit the scene in 1987. Unfortunately, he was never able to re-capture the magic of his first few years in the league.