A Hawk Sighting
by Darrel Rade
According to a number of reliable and trusted sources, the Chicago Cubs will be seeing a familiar face back in uniform. It appears that Andre Dawson will be back on the Cubs payroll for the upcoming season, which is thrilling news for fans. The Hall of Famer has been working with the Marlins for the past few seasons as a special assistant. Dawson was fired from the Marlins and that decision was quickly rescinded. However, Dawson has made bigger and better plans and will be coming back to join the Cubs.
Dawson’s MLB History
Dawson enjoyed 21 years in the MLB and first started his professional career with the Montreal Expos in 1976. He stayed with the club until 1986 and joined the Chicago Cubs in 1987. Dawson enjoyed many great times as a professional player and was named the National League All-Star for eight times and was also Rookie of the Year in 1977. In 1987, with his first year with the Cubs, Dawson won the MVP Award for leading the league with 49 home runs and 137 RBIs. When he started with the Expos, he quickly was a shining star and became the regular center fielder for the team. After playing 1,443 games with the Expos, he became a free agent and campaigned to the Cubs. Due to poor knee health, Dawson was moved from center field to right field and the Cubs were hesitant to take him on the roster.
After a lengthy battle and many negotiations, the Cubs signed him and in his first year, he lead the league with 49 home runs and was named the MVP. For the next five years, Dawson became a team favorite and was one of the most popular professional players of the time. He held the highest career batting average for the team with an average of .507.
In 1992, Dawson joined the Red Sox as a free agent and hit his 400th career home run in Fenway Park. In 1993, he sustained a severe knee injury resulting in surgery. The Sox then used him as a DH. The following years, knee issues plagued Dawson until he was forced to retire as a player in 1996.
His Future with the Cubs
At this time, Dawson’s formal role with the Cubs has not been announced, but it is believed the all-star player will be a special assistant, as he was with the Marlins. While the exact role Dawson will play when he returns to the Cubs organization is unknown, many believe he will have a similar role to that of Ryne Sandberg, perhaps as an ambassador in some form. It is clear that Dawson is not returning to the Cubs as any type of coach. No matter what his new position may entail, Chicago Cubs fans will welcome The Hawk back with open arms and he will be a welcomed addition to the organization. The Cubs may not be the most favored team in the MLB, but they are a team that attracts much attention and are a preferred choice for sports bettors, especially those that engage in online sports betting at reliable sites, including those mentioned on the Canadian betting site list. The Chicago Cubs are looking forward to a positive new season with Dawson on the payroll and the team has some opportunities to win many games and even be in the running for the pennant.
Cubs Upcoming 2018 Season
The upcoming season for the Cubs will begin on March 29, oddly enough, with a game against the Marlins, which will be an interesting way for Dawson to break back into the game with his former team! The first home game is scheduled to be played on April 9, when the Cubs host the Pirates. For 13 of the last 17 seasons, the Cubs will play their first game of a new season on the road and this is the first time the team faces the Marlins as an opener since 1998.
Even though the 2017 season did not win a title for the Cubs, the team ended string and it is believed the 2018 season will pick up right where they left off. The team managers and coaching staff have been focusing on improving the bullpen that will help win regular season and postseason games, possible leading the Cubs to play-offs and even more. The Cubs have a problem that many other teams wish they had. The team has too much talent in too many positions and it can be difficult to make decisions on where and when to play these players. With some tough roster choices ahead, the Cubs have been planning since the start of the off-season and plan to open the new 2018 season with a bang.
Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 50 min ago (view)
I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.
That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.
crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
i wonder where the cubs will go with things.
there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone. as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team. the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.
bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...
Hagsag 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!
crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
"According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."
by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him. i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.
Arizona Phil 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information.
Cubster 2 days 12 hours ago (view)
Giants hire Scott Harris, from Cubs front office, as GM
Charlie 3 days 14 hours ago (view)
For anyone else who immediately wonders but is not invested enough to look it up, this is not Chris (Ryan) Young, former Padres starter and fisticuffs partner of Derrek Lee, but rather the two-years younger Chris Matthew Young.
crunch 4 days 1 hour ago (view)
rev up those off-season rumor fryers...
Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.
crunch 4 days 6 hours ago (view)
former padres manager andy green is gonna be ross's bench coach.
green was c.rea's manager in SD, btw.
Arizona Phil 4 days 12 hours ago (view)
Last year the Cubs signed four free-agents to minor league contracts prior to the Rule 5 Draft: LHP Alberto Baldonado, OF Wynton Bernard, RHP Corey Black, and RHP Jose Rosario. All four were members of the Cubs organization in 2018 but declined to sign a 2019 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a free-agent, but then came back to the Cubs after briefly testing the free-agent waters.
crunch 4 days 16 hours ago (view)
chris young to be named new bullpen coach (former phillies pitching coach)
mixed messages on whether lester strode will have a new cubs role or leaving the cubs...
crunch 5 days 10 hours ago (view)
t.clifton straight up falling off a cliff sucked to watch happen last year.
i had a lot of faith in the guy to at least hold his own in AAA, even if he needed another season or 2 after to get ready for prime time.
he ended up giving out homers like candy on halloween while retaining his high walk and injury rate.
that said, his career is far from done. most likely many other teams willing to give him a minor league deal.
Arizona Phil 5 days 14 hours ago (view)
Keep in mind that most free-agents who sign a 2020 minor league contract prior to the Rule 5 Draft are eligible for selection. (The only exception would be a free-agent who is not yet eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, such as a player whose only previous pro experience was in a foreign major league or in an independent minor league, or a player who was released by another MLB organization but is still not yet eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft).
Arizona Phil 5 days 15 hours ago (view)
If you're wondering if players who sign minor league successor contracts ever get taken in the Rule 5 Draft, the answer is most definitely - YES -.
The Cubs selected RHP Hector Rondon in the 2012 Rule 5 Draft after the Indians signed him to a minor league successor contract, and the Baltimore Orioles selected RHP Pedro Araujo in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft after the Cubs signed him to a minor league successor contract.
Hagsag 5 days 15 hours ago (view)
Got to get Taylor Davis back.
Arizona Phil 5 days 15 hours ago (view)
So the Cubs were ultimately able to retain five of their seven most-valuable post-2019 minor league free-agent eligibles (Rea, Pereda, de la Cruz, Lugo, and Burks), losing only Clifton and Leal (both of whom are probably looking for a fresh start in another organization after maybe feeling stalled in the Cubs system).