Tiant again falls short of Hall of Fame election


Tiant again falls short of Hall of Fame election

DALLAS -- Former Red Sox ace Luis Tiant fell far short of election to the Hall of Fame Monday when the Veterans Committe's voting was announced for the Class of 2012.

The committee, choosing from 10 candidates on the final ballot from the Golden Era (1947-1972), elected former Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo.

"Very surprised. Very surprised," said Juan Marichal, a Hall of Fame pitcher and one-time teammate of Tiant. "All the 10 candidates deserve to be in. But the system, you only can vote for four, and Ron Santo got the majority of the votes, 90-plus percent. But maybe next year, I hope. Id like to see Luis in there. A great human being, and a great pitcher."

Santo, who was elected nearly a year to the day of his passing, received 15 of the 16 committee votes. Twelve or 75 percent were needed for election.

Santo hit .277 with 342 homers and 1,331 RBI over his 15 year career. He also won four Gold Gloves and becomes the 15th third baseman elected to Cooperstown.

Tiant, meanwhile, was among a group who received fewer than three votes. Jim Kaat, who won 280 games over his career, was next in voting with 10 votes. Minnie Minoso and Gil Hodges each had nine votes.

Tiant spent 8 of his 19 seasons with the Red Sox. In his career, he went 229172 with a 3.30 ERA, pitching 49 complete game shutouts. On the Red Sox all-time list, he is fifth in wins and strikeouts and fourth in innings pitched.

He went 219 with a 1.60 ERA in 1968 with the Indians and posted a 1.91 ERA while going 156 with the Red Sox in 1972.

"I love Luis," said Brooks Robinson, a Hall of Fame third baseman. "Hes a guy who Minoso, all those guys, they all had credentials to be in the Hall of Fame. Luis just to see his career, he pitched so great and then he had some arm problems and then he came back and won 20 games a couple of years in a row. Its just hard when you have to vote for four. Its just hard, somebodys going to get left out."

The committee for the Golden Era isn't scheduled to vote again for another three years.

Bruins admit they 'just weren't ready' to play Isles in shutout loss


Bruins admit they 'just weren't ready' to play Isles in shutout loss

BOSTON – The Bruins are starting to run out of adjectives and descriptors for these “no-show” performances on home ice.

The Bruins made it twice in two months that they’ve dropped a disappointing dud to one of the Eastern Conference’s worst teams when they came out flat, and never showed any signs of life in a 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders. The lack of effort and pitiful results were particularly disappointing coming off a solid five game stretch where they’d engineered high effort wins over Florida, St. Louis and Philadelphia.

Patrice Bergeron finished a minus-3 on the afternoon, and said in quasi-disgust that he knew five minutes into the game that his team didn’t have “it” on Monday.

“Something that we talked [headed into Monday was] about building from the last few weeks, and how good it felt around the room, I guess, with winning games basically,” said Bergeron. “[The shutout loss] just shows that you have to show up every night and not take things for granted. I think we did [take things for granted] this afternoon.

“It was about finding someone to get us a shift to get us going basically. We had a few good shifts there, and we sustained a little bit of pressure there. But then we just couldn’t keep that for the next lines after going, we couldn’t sustain that or build from that. It was really the whole team throughout the lineup that didn’t show up and, you know, it’s obviously inexcusable, unacceptable.”

Claude Julien mentioned the compacted schedule and potential fatigue playing into the Bruins looking “flat” on Monday against the Islanders, and perhaps that is partially to blame for an uncharacteristically lifeless performance from the Black and Gold. But the B’s essentially did nothing for 60 minutes after not having played for 48 hours dating back to a Saturday afternoon matinee win over the Flyers, so the fatigue excuse is difficult to swallow.

Instead it looked like a Bruins team that thought they were going to roll out the pucks and beat the worst team in the Metro Division that had lost four-of-five games. Instead a defensive zone breakdown led to a Nikolay Kulemin goal midway through the second period, and the Bruins collapsed after that. Josh Bailey tucked a short side goal past a late-reacting Tuukka Rask for a soft serve special allowed by Boston’s ace goaltender, and Kulemin scored again in the second period once the Bruins began cheating at the offensive end of the ice.

To make matters worse, the Bruins showed zero fight or willingness to scratch and claw their way back into the game in the third period. Instead it looked like they quit on two points that could end up being extremely important at the end of the season.

It also looked like the Bruins weren’t ready to play, and that they overlooked the downtrodden Islanders for the second time in as many months.

“Maybe we took them a little lightly, but we just weren’t ready [to play],” said Brad Marchand. “We have to look ourselves in the mirror and all be a little bit better. We all have to be prepared for every game. You can’t look at the guy besides us and think he’s going to do the job. We have to take a little onus on ourselves and all be a little bit better. As a team, again, we have to play the system together and we have to back each other up. We have to play as one unit and we didn’t do that.”

It’s long past the point where the words even matter that the Bruins are uttering after games like Monday afternoon. Instead it’s about results and nothing else, and the B’s were nothing short of putrid in that category against the Islanders with points at a premium this time of year.