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 Dawson was fired from the Marlins and that decision was quickly rescinded.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 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 . 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.


The Chicago Cubs have made a pair of signings at baseball’s Winter Meetings, signing Drew Smyly and Brandon Morrow to contracts. https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/cubs-ag...

A little yawn on the Smyly signing. Remains to be seen if he will fully recover. CRUNCH must be liking the low risk-high reward move here. Its fine for that. Hopefully it works. I am certainly hoping this is not their "starting pitching addition" for the off-season.

as long as it's not an excuse to sign a washed-up player to a one year deal (*cough* lackey *cough*) i like the signing, yeah. a playoff-quality team getting late-season innings help while he rehabs getting ready for a bigger 2019 role works for me. given that he probably won't be back until july/august he's not much of an 2018 concern unless he's looking great going into the playoffs...assuming the cubs make the post-season...which i'm gonna assume.

It will be like making a midseason trade.* Cliche font.

I am always amazed when FA pitchers choose to sign with the Rockies. Enjoy pitching at Coors!

j.mcgee supposedly getting 3/27. i figured he was good for 8-9m a year, but i didnt think it would be the rockies who would give it up. b.shaw also getting around 9m a year, supposedly. there's 18m tied up in the back of the pen.

STL snags m.ozuna from MIA...no word on return yet

Ouch. Wonder how those Marlins season-ticket sales are going?

Weren't too many to start with.

Surprised the Cards aren't going after starting pitching -- CMart, Weaver, Wacha, then??

call up 2 random 5th+ round picks from years ago or some non-top 100 international prospect to pitch cy young ball for a few years until they're traded and fall totally apart.

Wainwright and his Cub domination are still under contract

OF Magneuris Sierra RHP Zac Gallen LHP Daniel Castano ...and RHP Sandy Alcantara...which makes this trade make more sense. dunno how that name was left out of initial reports, but these 4 are the finalized names in the trade.

"He held the highest career batting average for the team with an average of .507." This looks to be an error in the above article, in the 2nd paragraph of "Dawson’s MLB History". What did you mean to say here?

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  • bradsbeard 2 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Great info. Thanks! 


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 26 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: What happens on 12/2 is each club submits what's called a "Central Tender Letter" to the MLB LRD listing which unsigned players on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) are being tendered a contract and which unsigned players are not being tendered a contract. 

    The CTL is sufficient as far as providing proof of contract tender.  

    For players being tendered contracts, the CTL must list the club's MLB salary offer, a minor league split salary offer (if the club so chooses), and performance bonuses (if any) the club is offering to the player.


  • crunch 11 hours 2 min ago (view)

    theo walked away from a big payday for an executive in his last season as a cub without having another job scoped out...and according to him he's not even looking one.

    something tells me this isn't going to be a fun off-season for cubs fans.

    the state of the cubs household aside, i wouldn't exactly be shocked to see theo with the mets, though he's supposedly not on their radar at the moment.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 26 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have been at the forefront of tone-deaf owners in terms of financial hardship during the pandemic. "The game isn't as profitable as most people think"


  • tim815 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    The decision on the amount comes later.


  • bradsbeard 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    At the point when the team makes the initial contract tender, do they have to offer a specific salary, and if so is that the same number the team takes into arbitration? Or does the specific number the teams files at for arbitration happen at a later date?


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: A player who is signed to a contract that does not include a minor league split salary is paid his full MLB salary while optioned or after being outrighted to a minor league club.

    So if a player goes to arbitration and is awarded (let's say) a $2.5M salary by the arb panel, the contract will not include a minor league split salary or performance bonuses, and if the player is sent to the minors he is paid the full $2.5M while in the minors.


  • Hagsag 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Maybe Trump can give them a loan.


  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    it's not exactly looking good when the cubs brass is complaining about "losing 100m in revenue" when a huge chunk of that seems to include Hotel Zachary.  it looks like the entire "entertainment complex" is the cubs as far as the Ricketts are concerned...and the team might have to suffer a bit because they couldn't fully realize profits last year.  they've publically stated that the big incoming tax credits from the city they're going to realize for stadium work won't help the cubs payroll.


  • jdrnym 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    If a player doesn't have a split salary in his contract, how much is he making when in the minors (or how is that salary determined)?


  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    we want kyle schwarber to not be mark trumbo so badly...

    either way, the NL having or not having the DH needs to be figured out pretty quickly for a lot of off-season sanity.


  • crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    minor league hitting coordinator chris valaika moves up assistant hitting instructor for the big league team.

    looks like a.iapoce's job is safe.


  • Cubster 3 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Jed Hoyer gets a new 5 yr contract that runs through 2025 season. 


  • Cubster 3 days 14 hours ago (view)


    BA's list of 19 prospects who impressed at Instructs. One Cub:

    Chase Strumpf, 2B, Cubs


  • Jackstraw 4 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Waiting for Ryan Pace to be available.  He should be a week from tomorrow.


  • crunch 4 days 10 hours ago (view)

    i haven't even heard a rumor...which is interesting since "virtual" winter meetings start in a couple weeks.

    surprised dan kantrovitz hasn't been named "interim GM" or something...which makes me wonder how wide of a net they're casting to fill the position.  he was snagged from the A's and was an assistant GM there (and director of scouting for STL).