Tiant again falls short of Hall of Fame election

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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.

Drummond to Boston? Pistons big man's tweets fuel speculation

Drummond to Boston? Pistons big man's tweets fuel speculation

BOSTON -- Two of the NBA’s biggest names on the trade market, Serge Ibaka and DeMarcus Cousins, changed zip codes (Ibaka to Toronto from Orlando, Cousins to New Orleans from Sacramento) without the Celtics showing much interest in swinging a deal for either player.

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Could it be because they had their sights set on Detroit’s Andre Drummond all along?
 
Pistons general manager/head coach Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about talking with lots of teams about his players leading up to the trade deadline, well aware that his team has been one of the league’s biggest underachievers.

Detroit (27-30) is eighth in the Eastern Conference, trailing first-place Cleveland by 13 games.
 
Drummond was reportedly offered to Sacramento as part of a deal for Cousins, so it should not come as a surprise that his name has found its way into the rumor mill.
 
Still, Drummond only added fuel to the rumor mill fire by re-tweeting the eyeball emojis posted by the Celtics' Isaiah Thomas, something Thomas did shortly before Boston added Al Horford to the mix last summer.


 
And then Drummond followed that up by posting his own set of eyeball emojis on Tuesday, which adds to the speculative nature of a trade-deadline season that ends Thursday at 3 p.m.


 
Drummond, a former UConn standout, is an easy-going, fun-loving guy, so the emoji stuff isn’t all that out of character for him. But he also changed his Twitter profile picture to him waving goodbye. after removing Pistons information from his bio.

Is he pulling our leg, or giving a heads-up that the Celtics are close to pulling off a trade?
 
A league source tells CSNNE.com that while no deal is imminent, Boston is a possible landing spot for Drummond if the Pistons are, in fact, planning on trading him. That, says the source,"is not a definite. [Van Gundy] knows he has to do something significant with that team, if not at the deadline [then] definitely this summer.

"So he’s looking to find out the value for all his guys, Drummond included.”