Dawson Makes the Hall
In quite a shocker, the only player elected to the Hall of Fame today was Andre Dawson with 77.9%. Bert Blyleven just missed at 74.2% as did Roberto Alomar at 73.7%. Other former Cubs were Lee Smith (47.3%), Fred McGriff(21.5%), Eric Karros (0.4%), Todd Zeile(0) and bench coach Alan Trammell (22.4%).
I gave my thoughts earlier on the Hall of Fame and everyone seems surprised that Dawson was the only one to make it. Yes, his OBP is woeful by Hall of Fame standards, and I certainly wouldn't have been too upset if he never made it. But he did pass most of my other Hall of Fame tests: awards, dominance, and a certain level of overall counting statistics.
The next question will be if he goes in as a Cub or an Expo. I'm guessing the Expos as that's the picture they used for the article on their site and he did play 5 more seasons with Montreal. The numbers aren't that big a difference, an .801 OPS with Montreal, .834 with the Cubs. He was certainly a far more popular player once he joined the big market Cubs and won his MVP with them. On the other hand, he won 6 of his 8 Gold Gloves as an Expo along with 3 of his 4 Silver Slugger Awards and the Rookie of the Year along with two second place MVP finishes.
Congrats to the Hawk!!