Ron Santo’s Wrigley Field statue unveiled

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The Cubs on Wednesday unveiled the statue of former third baseman and longtime broadcaster Ron Santo, who passed away last Dec. 3 at age 70.

The statue, which features a blue cap and stirrups, depicts Santo, a nine-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glover with the Cubs, throwing to first after handling a grounder.

Santo played from the Cubs from 1960-74 and was in the team’s radio booth from 1990 until his passing.  He ranks fourth in franchise history with 337 homers.  WAR rates him as the No. 2 Cub all-time behind Cap Anson and ahead of Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams.

Santo, though, is not yet in the Hall of Fame after being passed over by both the BBWAA and the Veterans Committee.

Santo joins Banks, Williams and Harry Caray in having statues outside Wrigley.  Banks and Williams were among those in attendence for today’s ceremony.

“He was a remarkable person,” Banks said. “Ron Santo did not have an enemy. He loved everybody.”

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.