The Padres just announced that their long stagnant Hall of Fame would be getting some new members. Fresh fish! Fresh fish! They come in the form of Benito Santiago and Garry Templeton. They'll be inducted on August 8th prior to a game against the Phillies. Their election was voted on by the San Diego chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), local sports media and the San Diego Padres front office.
Padres President Mike Dee says that the new physical Hall of Fame will open by the All-Star game next year. This is the same Hall of Fame that caused an uproar in San Diego last season when it was named after Bud Selig. Since then we've heard very little of the construction and the status of the name.
"This is a well-deserved honor for Benito and Garry, who each played integral roles during their time in San Diego - both on and off the field," said Padres President and CEO Mike Dee. "Their induction into the Padres Hall of Fame will solidify their places in Padres history. Our efforts to showcase the organization's history throughout Petco Park will come to life next year, when the new Hall of Fame location opens, coinciding with the return of MLB's All-Star Game to San Diego."
In any case, it's good to see the two players from my childhood being recognized. I hope there are many more players and broadcasters to follow including Ted Leitner and Bob Chandler.