Posted: Jan 5, 2010 6:48 PM by Andrew Masuda
Updated: Jan 5, 2010 6:48 PM
Robin Ventura is already a member of the Righetti High, Oklahoma State and College Baseball's Hall of Fame.
Now, the Central Coast resident is a first-time candidate for Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame. Voting results will be announced Wednesday.
The 16 year major league veteran is one of 26 players being considered by the Baseball Writers' Association of America for the class of 2010.
The Santa Maria native was a two-time All Star and six-time gold glove winner.
A third baseman for the White Sox, Yankees, Mets and Dodgers, Robin finished with 294 home runs, 1,885 hits and 1,182 RBI.
Robin admits he will not get the 75 percent of the votes needed for enshrinement in Cooperstown.
However, Ventura said he was still very proud of his long, big league career.
"I had some injuries in the middle so even to continue on after all that I was fortunate. I was lucky I got to play on some great teams in some great places. So I was lucky. I have no qualms about not making it," said Ventura. "I'll get some sucker that will vote for me I'm sure. But there are a lot of guys who are really deserving that are on there that hopefully they get all the votes."
Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin and Bert Blyleven may have the best chances of induction to the Hall in 2010.
Robin is still the only major leaguer to hit a grand slam in both games of a double header. He also still holds the NCAA Division I record with a 58 game hitting streak.
Robin said he planned to be an assistant coach for the Arroyo Grande High varsity baseball team this spring.
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