Harold Baines and Lee Smith will have some company when they are inducted into Cooperstown next summer. Former White Sox, Scott Podsednik was elected into the Hall of Fame yesterday by Baseball’s newly formed “Recent Game” Committee.
Podsednik, a career .281 hitter who played for seven teams during an 11-year MLB career was a key member of 2005 White Sox World Series Championship team, hitting a dramatic home run in Game 2 of the Series.
The “Recent Game” Committee that elected Podsednik is led by White Sox owner, Jerry Reinsdorf. Its members include former Managers Tony La Russa and Ozzie Guillen, executives Kenny Williams and John Paxson, broadcasters Mike North and Kenny “Hawk” Harrelson, along with former Mayor Richard Daley.
Podsednik told reporters he was surprised by his election, but he was not shocked. “After they elected Baines, I reserved a room at Cooperstown Hampton Inn for the third weekend in July, just in case”
Podsednik may be getting more company during his induction cermony. The “Recent Game” committee is expected to evaluate and approve former Sox legends Ron Kittle, Jack McDowell and Eric Soderholm later this week.