To be considered for induction into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame, a person must have ceased employment for at least five years and have made a significant contribution to groundskeeping and/or the sports-turf industry at the Major League level. Each team has one nominee and one vote.
Santarone started his career with Class A Elmira, taking over for his father, Val. He worked with future Orioles manager and Hall of Famer Earl Weaver when Elmira became the Double-A affiliate, and the two reunited in Baltimore.
After retiring to Montana, Santarone passed away in May 2008. He will be inducted -- along with Pete Flynn of the Mets -- on Sunday at Coors Field.
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