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Andre Dawson inducted to the Hall of Fame: Beyond that? Epic Failure

Jan 6, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

Hall of Fame logo.GIFThe votes have been counted and Andre Dawson is the only candidate to get elected to the Hall of Fame. This is an epic fail on the part of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Bert Blyleven received 74.2 percent. Barry Larkin 51.6. Alomar 73.7.  All three of them deserved entrance.  Larkin and Alomar no doubt will soon.  Based on the mental gymnastics so many voters have made to exclude Blyleven, however, he may never make it. This has to be a bitter pill for him to swallow.

As for Andre Dawson, the Hawk may not have been everyone’s definition of a Hall of Famer due to his low on-base percentage — in fact, he now has the lowest OBP and batting average of any Hall of Fame outfielder — but he hit for power, had a cannon arm, and until the Olympic Stadium turf took its toll on his knees, he was an excellent centerfielder.  He won an MVP award in 1987 on the power of a then unfathomable 49 home runs. A quiet, dignified player in his career and since he retired, Andre Dawson’s statistics may not dazzle compared to other Hall of Famers, but he definitely classes the place up.

But I don’t think it takes away from Dawson’s honor to note that, objectively speaking, he was perhaps the least deserving of enshrinement thank Larkin, Alomar and Blyleven.

We’ll have more on this as the day goes on, of course.  For now: shame on you BBWAA. Shame on you.

  1. CC - Jan 19, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Tim is right and you are a moron.

  2. CC - Jan 19, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    I went back through all the posts to make sure of what you were trying to say. Your arguments are more than weak. You really are a moron. Are you a sportswriter, baseball?

  3. Southpawl - Jan 19, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    Basedrum- you sound like a bitter old man. Nothing is good enough for you. In fact, there are probably 8-10 players that are HOF quality and are still not in: Trammell, Raines, Whitaker among them.

  4. postal pete - Jan 22, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    it could be worse….rock and roll hall of fame….only 1 of these four is considered good enough to have made it….1…grand funk railroad…2…chicago….3….huey lewis….4…ll cool j…..yep you guessed it…#4 that great rocker..ll cool…..makes you want to bang your head against the wall

  5. Mark - Jan 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    “At least he’s not Jim Rice”??? Sheeeeit. Appreciate your opinion, but here’s the news: Rice whoops Dawson’s ass on numbers – to say nothing of overall ability – twice on Sunday, pal. THE ONLY reason he was left out till the last minute was his attitude towards the press. Were it not for that, I believe he’d have been a fifth ballot, tops. TOPS.
    As for Blyleven, wah wah. Anybody who feels the need to write articles supporting his own case for the Hall probably knows in his heart of hearts that he doesn’t belong. Really.

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