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 Dawson was fired from the Marlins and that decision was quickly rescinded.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

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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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  • erich081 3 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Brach in during a one run game where the ball seems to be flying out of the park? I too like to live dangerously.

     

  • Eric S 3 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Robel’s 454 foot splashdown - 6th longest homer by a Cub this season

    https://twitter.com/cubs/status/1153486434659119104?s=21

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 hours 59 min ago (view)

    RHP Aneuris Rosario (2014 IFA - Dominican Republic) has been reinstated from the Disqualified List. Now 24, Rosario spent four seasons in the DSL (2014-17) and was the one-time closer for DSL Cubs #1. He hasn't pitched since 2017.  

     

  • Charlie 5 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Last hurrah as a starter before the Cubs trade for an outfielder who gets on base?

     

  • crunch 6 hours 19 min ago (view)

    i wonder why almora's started almost every game the past week+, especially since he's sucked at it...and he even got to hit leadoff for a game or 2.

     

  • Charlie 6 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Oof. Almora and Maldonado as starters is going to be rough on the offense. Better hope for at least a Garcia triple.

     

  • crunch 7 hours 33 min ago (view)

    schwarber / baez / bryant / rizzo / garcia(2nd) / heyward / almora / maldo / a.mills

    ham gets a AAA rehab start tomorrow.  also, i could do with less almora.

     

  • QuietMan 13 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,

     

  • George Altman 14 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.

     

  • Mike Wellman 16 hours 12 min ago (view)

    I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!

    i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.

     

  • Charlie 17 hours 6 min ago (view)

    Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.

    He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.

    That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 43 min ago (view)

    Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.

    boo.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?