The Chicago Cubs did not get the Baseball Hall of Fame news that they were hoping for on Monday. Former Cubs right fielder Andre Dawson received only 361 votes – good for only 67% of the voting. One needs 75% of the vote in order to gain access to the Hall of Fame. Dawson got a small bump in voting from 2008 when he only received 65.9% of the vote. Former Cubs closer Lee Smith received only 240 votes – good for only 44.5% of the voting. Smith and Dawson will both be back on the ballot again in 2010.
The Baseball Writers Association of America only voted 2 players into the Hall of Fame in 2009 – Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice. Of all votes cast, after Henderson and Rice, Dawson and Bert Blyleven were the only 2 players listed on more than half of the ballots. Here’s hoping that Dawson can make it in next year – especially since his numbers are eerily similar to Rice’s career numbers. While Rice has a higher career batting average and on-base percentage than Dawson, Dawson has more RBI’s than Rice and only 33 players in MLB history have more RBI’s than Dawson. Along with Willie Mays and Barry Bonds, Dawson is one of 3 players to have 400 home runs and 300 steals – pretty impressive numbers.