Posted on 28 January 2010 by Lou
It’s official — Andre Dawson will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July with a Montreal Expos cap – NOT a Chicago Cubs hat.
Dawson played his first 11 MLB seasons as an Expo in Montreal and then the next 6 years of his career on the North Side of Chicago as a Cub. Dawson won the NL Rookie of the Year Award with the Expos in 1977 and has was also named an NL All-Star 3 times as an Expo. He hit .285 and racked up 225 HR’s and 838 RBI’s in a Montreal Expos uniform.
Dawson’s most memorable major league season, however, came in a Cubs uniform. In 1987, Dawson captured the hearts and minds of the Wrigley Field faithful with his amazing season in which he hit .287 with 49 HR’s and 137 RBI’s. He was named the National League MVP for his Herculean efforts that summer.
How did Dawson take the decision by Major League Baseball? Not well. Dawson spoke with Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman on ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago on Wednesday morning. Dawson made the following statements about the process: “I’m disappointed. I can proudly say that because Chicago was my preference… I repsect the Hall of Fame’s decision to put an Expos logo on my cap, and I understand their responsibility to make sure the logo represents the greatest impact in my career. Cubs fans will always be incredibly important in my heart, and I owe them so much for making my time in Chicago memorable, as did the fans in Montreal, Boston and South Florida, my home. But knowing that I’m on the Hall of Fame team is what’s most important, as it is the highest honor I could imagine.”
The Hall and Major League Baseball have stated that Dawson had a greater impact for the Montreal Expos than he did for the Chicago Cubs. More than half of his hits came in an Expos uniform (1575 out of 2774) and he won 6 of his 8 Gold Glove Awards as a member of the Expos. Dawson was also instrumental in leading the Expos to their own playoff series win over the Philadelphia Phillies back in 1981.
Gotta give Dawson credit – he is a stand-up guy and his quotes indicate that. On the other, he’s not afraid to tell it how it is and acknowledge that he would have preferred to go into the Hall of Fame with a Cubs logo on his cap. You da man Hawk – you deserve it…
Posted on 28 December 2009 by Lou
Will Andre Dawson get the call he has been waiting for for so long on January 6, 2010? Will the Baseball Writers’ Association of America place enough votes for Dawson to get elected to the Hall of Fame? If it isn’t this year, it may never happen, as all the previous players who have received more votes than Dawson in the past are already enshrined as members of the Hall of Fame. His stiffest competition will come from Bert Blyleven and Lee Smith. Newcomers Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin and Edgar Martinez could also siphon a few votes away from Dawson. But given the numbers, this should be Dawson’s year.
Dawson had this to say about the 2010 announcement: “I’ve talked to a lot of Hall of Famers and they’ve echoed the same sentiments… You’ve just got to be patient. It’s eventually going to happen.”
Let’s hope this January 6th brings some solace for Dawson – you deserve it Hawk!
Posted on 03 December 2009 by Lou
Andre Dawson is hoping that the 9th time’s the charm. With current Hall of Famers like Ryne Sandberg and Tony Perez endorsing the “Hawk”, one would think that it’s only a matter of time for Dawson to get the call. Dawson received 67% of the votes in 2009 (361 votes), but finished 3rd in the voting behind inductees Rickey Henderson (94.8% of the vote) and Jim Rice (76.4% of the vote). A player needs to receive at least 75% of the vote in order to gain access to the Hall.
Dawson is the top-returning vote-getter in 2010, just ahead of Bert Blyleven (62.7%) and Lee Smith (44.5%). Newcomers that could play a role in whether or not Dawson gets in include 2nd baseman Roberto Alomar, shortstop Barry Larkin and DH Edgar Martinez. But none of the them have the numbers that Dawson put up during his 21 MLB seasons – .279 career batting average with 438 HR’s, 1,591 RBI’s and 314 stolen bases. Dawson was named the NL Rookie of the Year Award winner in 1977 with the Montreal Expos. Dawson won the MVP Award in 1987 with the Chicago Cubs – that year he hit 49 HR’s and drove in 137 runs – both tops in the NL. Dawson is one of only 6 players to have hit 300 HR’s and stolen 300 bases. And he is the only eligible player who has more than 1,000 career extra base hits who is not a member of the Hall of Fame.
While it seems clear to me that the Hawk should be inducted, Dawson is still not counting his eggs before they hatch: “Now there’s no one for me to hurdle. Everyone’s behind me. I think (2010) poses the biggest window for me. I kind of, for a change, look forward to it. I can’t say that’s always been the case in the past, because the writers make sure they don’t put in more than one or two in a particular year.”
Talk about a travesty of justice. If the Baseball Writers of America do not vote the Hawk in this time around, we really need to assess the voting credentials of these guys. It’s a shame that Dawson is not in the Hall of Fame, so let’s keep out fingers crossed on January 8, 2010 when the results are announced.
Posted on 29 December 2008 by Lou
After the disappointment Ron Santo felt a few weeks back when the veterans committee failed to vote anyone into the MLB Hall of Fame, we should know very soon whether the Cubs and Andre Dawson will fell anymore disappointment when the Baseball Writers of America release the results of their votes for the 2009 Hall of Fame inductees.
Up on the ballot for the 8th time is Cubs legend Andre Dawson – the “Hawk”. In 2008, the writers only inducted one major leaguer – Goose Gossage. In order to gain access to the Hall, a player needs to reach 75% of the vote for that year – Jim Rice received 72.2 %; the Hawk received 65.9%: and Bert Blyleven received 61.9%. Rice, Blyleven, and first-ballot outfielder Rickey Henderson will be potential players who could steal votes away from Dawson.
Dawson won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 1977 and the NL MVP Award in 1987. During the magical 1987 season, Dawson hit .287, 49 home runs and 137 RBI’s – all for the worst team in the NL – the Chicago Cubs. During his 21 major league seasons Dawson won 8 Gold Glove Awards and was named to the All-Star Team 8 times. Dawson was also named the Player of the Year by the Sporting News in 1981 and 1987.
Good luck Hawk – here’s to seeing you in the Hall soon!