Posts Tagged ‘Andre Dawson’

Andre Dawson To Enter Hall As An Expo

January 27, 2010

When Andre Dawson was elected to the Hall of Fame earlier this month, many wondered which cap he would wear going in? Would it be the Montreal Expos or the Chicago Cubs?

That question was answered today.

According to a report by MLB.com, the Baseball Hall of Fame has decided that Dawson will enter Cooperstown as a Montreal Expo. On his Hall of Fame plaque, Dawson will be wearing an Expos cap.

Dawson will go into the HOF as an Expo

Dawson will become the second player to enter the Hall wearing an Expos cap. Gary Carter or “Pop up Gary” as my dad used to call him, was the first to enter Cooperstown wearing an Expos hat, when he did so in 2003.

While Dawson was obviously pleased with being elected to the HOF, he clearly is not pleased that he will be wearing an Expos hat. In an interview with WMVP-AM Chicago, Dawson said “I’m disappointed. I can proudly say that because Chicago was my preference.”

So which hat should Dawson being wearing? The Cubs or the Expos? Here are Dawson’s lines with both teams.

Expos: .280 with 225 home runs, 838 RBI, 253 stolen bases, and a .326 OBP in 11 years.

Cubs: .285 with 174 home runs, 587 RBI, 57 stolen bases, and a .327 OBP in six years.

It’s a tough call. Dawson played longer and was more of a five-tool-player with the Expos. However, he did have his MVP year and became a household name with the Cubs.

This whole to-do about which hat a player enters the hall with, is very silly to me. This whole Tom Foolery started when Wade Boggs wanted to enter the HOF as a Tampa Bay Devil Ray.

If that clown wanted to enter the Hall originally as a Boston Red Sox or New York Yankee, like he should have, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. It was rumored that the then Devil Rays were offering Boggs monetary compensation to wear their hat on his HOF plaque.

The HOF changed their policy as to which cap a player would wear thanks to Boggs and some other players (Dave Winfield) in 2001. Boggs is wearing a Red Sox cap on his HOF plaque.

I don’t think things like this were an issue 30-40 years ago because players didn’t change teams as often as they do know. Now with players changing teams every couple of years, I don’t have a problem with the HOF deciding which cap a player should wear.

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Andre Dawson Elected To Baseball’s Hall Of Fame, Roberto Alomar Snubbed

January 6, 2010

Perhaps one of the benefits of being unemployed, is that I get to see things happen live right before my eyes during the day.

Take today for example.

Today, it was going to be announced who the Baseball Writer’s Association of America voted into the 2010 class of Baseball’s Hall of Fame. The announcement was to be made at 2:00 pm ET today.

Fortunately or maybe unfortunately depending on how you look at it, I was around to watch the announcement as it happened. And what I heard was extremely shocking.

When it was announced that only one player was elected for 2010, I was positive it was Roberto Alomar. Instead, it was Andre Dawson.

Dawson was a beast in 1987

Dawson received 77.9 percent of the vote. Bert Blyleven just missed induction with 74.2 percent of the vote and Alomar was right behind him with 73.7 percent of the vote.

75 percent is needed for election.

First, congratulations to Dawson. Growing up in New York and without cable for most of the 80’s, I didn’t get to see Dawson play as a Montreal Expo.

The first time I got to see Dawson play on a regular basis and on a national stage was in 1987 with the Chicago Cubs. That year he terrorized pitchers to the tune of 49 home runs and won the National League MVP.

I really wish I had the opportunity to watch Dawson as a member of the Expos. When he was with the Expos, he was a five-tool player who could change the game both offensively and defensively.

As a member of the Cubs, he was more of just a power hitter, who’s legs started to fail him as the years went on. He still had a great arm with the Cubs, but he was became a one-dimensional player in the late-80’s, early-90’s.

Dawson finished his career with a .279 average with 438 home runs, 314 stolen bases, 1,591 RBI, and an .806 OPS. He is one of three players in major league history to have 400 home runs and 300 stolen bases.

Dawson will also have the lowest batting average and OBP of any batter in the Hall of Fame. Dawson’s Hall of Fame status is certainly debatable.

Now on to something that is not debatable.

Roberto Alomar is a Hall of Fame player. The fact that he didn’t get in on the first ballot is a complete joke.

Alomar is one of the top-five second baseman of all time. Did he have an ugly on-field incident when he spit in the face of umpire of John Hirschbeck? Yes, he did.

But I don’t think Alomar should be punished for that incident. There are guys in the Hall of Fame who have done worse.

I loathe the fact that some of these writers have this policy that they can’t vote in a guy on the first try. That is just utter stupidity.

I also have felt for a long time that it is utter stupidity that guys get in on the third try, the seventh try, or even the 12th try. Either you are a Hall of Famer or you aren’t a Hall of Famer.

Once a player retires, his stats don’t change.

Why is Alomar more qualified in 2011 than he was in 2010? Why was Jim Rice more qualified on his 15th try than his first try?

How does a guy get 40 percent of the vote in his first year and then 10 years later, he is a HOF’er? So less than 50 percent of the voters don’t think you are qualified for the HOF, but because of weak classes, 10 years later you are worthy?

That never, ever made any sense to me.

Five years after a guy retires, he should have one shot to get into the HOF and that’s it.

Here are some other notables and the percentage of vote they received.

Jack Morris – 52.3

Barry Larkin – 51.6

Edgar Martinez – 36.2

Tim Raines – 30.4

Mark McGwire – 23.7

Alan Trammell – 22.4

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Looking At The Potential 2010 Baseball HOF Class…

July 27, 2009

The Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is one of the great days in the baseball year. It’s a day that we get to celebrate the contributions of the greats of the game. Yesterday, the Hall of Fame welcomed two more greats into it’s shrine – Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice.

I am always fascinated by the new inductee’s speeches. I love how they talk about the start of their careers, who their influences were, and their general love of the game. That being said, I think it’s not too early to take a look at who might be giving induction speeches next year.

Of course, there are many candidates that are eligible for enshrinement. However, there are only four in my mind that will receive serious consideration.

Here are the top four eligible players for next year for 2010…

Alomar will be HOF bound

Alomar will be HOF bound

Roberto Alomar – 17 Seasons, .300 Avg., 2,724 Hits, 210 HR’s, 474 SB’s, .371 OBP, 12 All-Star Games, 10 Gold Gloves, and four Silver Sluggers.

2010 Hall of Famer – Yes. I say Alomar gets in and in opinion, it’s a no brainer. He was the premier 2nd baseman of his era (much better overall player than Jeff Kent) anda guy who could beat you with his bat, speed, and glove.

Unfortunately, a lot of people will remember Alomar for his ugly spitting incident with umpire John Hirschbeck while Alomar was on the Baltimore Orioles. That should not be the case. Alomar was a phenominal player, who will no doubt find his way into Cooperstown.

Barry Larkin – 19 Seasons, .295 Avg., 198 HR’s, 960 RBI, 2,340 Hits, 379 SB’s, .371 OBP, 12 All-Star Games, thee Gold Gloves, nine Silver Sluggers, and the 1995 National League MVP.

2010 Hall of Famer – No. I don’t think Larkin will make it on his first try. While his numbers for a shortstop garner Hall of Fame consideration, I just never thought of Barry Larkin as a Hall of Fame player.

If you were to ask me about Barry Larkin, I would remember him for being hurt all the time. I don’t remember him for winning the 1995 NL MVP award when he hit .319 with 15 HR’s, 66 RBI, and stole 51 SB’s.

Larkin, in my mindis pretty much on par with Alan Trammell.

Edgar Martinez – 18 Seasons, .318 Avg., 309 HR’s, 1,261 RBI, 2,247 Hits, .418 OBP, seven All-Star Games, and five Silver Sluggers.

2010 Hall of Famer – No. Martinez is a really interesting case. If one of the criteria used in judging a HOF players is how much did he dominate a certain era – then Martinez should be in.

Martinez was the best right-handed hitter in the game from 1992 – 2001. He won two batting titles in which he hit .343 in 1992 and .356 in 1995, he had one top five finish in the MVP voting, and his .418 OBP ranks 22nd all-time.

However, I have no idea how the writers will consider Martinez. I think he has two things going against him.

  1. He was a DH for the majority of his career. My guess is the baseball writers will give DH’s as much love as they do closers. That is not a good thing for Martinez.
  2. Unfortunately, Martinez played in the steroid era. 2010 and 2011 will tell us a lot about how the writers will consider players who played in this era. I am going to say, unless you were the best of the best – like a Greg Maddux or a Ken Griffey Jr. – you are not getting in. At least on the first try.

Fred McGriff – 19 Seasons, .284 Avg., 493 HR’s, 1,550 RBI, 2,490 Hits, .377 OBP, five All-Star Games, and three Silver Sluggers.

2010 Hall of Famer – No. If there was a Hall of Very Solid, then McGriff would get in. McGriff would have a better case if he just hit seven more HR’s throughout his career.

McGriff’s 493 HR’s rank 26th all-time, but did you know that he never had more than 107 RBI in a season? Seems odd for a guy who hit .284 for his career and consistently hit 30 HR’s every season.

So next year, I think only Roberto Alomar gets in for the first-time eligible players. I think that Andre Dawson, who got 67% of the vote this year will get in also in 2010.

That is the one thing that irks me about the Hall of Fame in all sports. This whole “he got in on his 10th or 12th try” thing is comical to me. EITHER YOU ARE OR AREN’T A HALL OF FAMER!

What makes Jim Rice more qualified in 2009 than in 2000??? What might make Bert Blyleven (I hope he gets in so we can stop hearing him complain) a Hall of Famer in 2011 than in 2002? What changed about his stats that made him more appealing to voters 15 years after the fact?

Five years after you retire – you get one shot and that’s it. Make the process so five to ten people can get in every year and call it a day.