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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. Mike - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    After the results of the MVP voting this year, there was a small glimmer of hope that the BBWAA had turned a corner. However, their most recent votes for the Hall of Fame show that this was clearly not the case and the 2009 MVP voting was merely an outlier on their otherwise horrible track record. Shame on the BBWAA!

  2. dave nystuen - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Well done BBWAA. You made the right choice. It is time for some to withdraw from the voting, especially after 13 tries.

  3. XTrust_No1X - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    I can’t believe they picked Andre Dawson over Bert Blyleven, Alomar or Larkin. Out the names I just mentioned, Bert Blyleven should’ve been, hands down, inducted into the Hall of Fame, without question, he deserves the honor! While I don’t always agree with the writer of this article, I back him 100% on this one!

  4. Adam Adkins - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Dawson does not belong. I don’t want to rip the guy, but the OBP doesn’t cut it.
    And, again, we weep for Blyleven.

  5. Josh - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    I agree on Dawson, though I’m thrilled for him because, as you say, he was always and still is a hell of a man. But, “no” to Blyleven?? “NO” to Robbie Alomar?! What the what is going on with these dopey writers? If this was a real election, they’d be turned away from the polls for mental defect! Just an embarrassment. Shame, indeed.

  6. Ari Collins - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    I’m outraged too, but there’s something. With those percentages, Blyleven and Alomar are sure to get in next year. Yeah, they should be in now. Yeah, the system is broken. But the results, at least for those two, will come. Sure, Dawson was a borderline candidate, but at least he’s not Jim Rice.
    Now, Trammell, Raines, Larkin, McGwire, and Edgar, those guys are a failure on the part of the BBW.

  7. ronjon - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Please compare baseball numbers between Dawson and McGwire – it is not very close.

  8. Jeff - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Do we know if anybody would have hit the mark if Mariotti wasn’t such a tool?

  9. chris - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Heck, i would bet a significant number of the writers never saw Blyleven play. When this happens if becomes a poularity contest and that always handicaps players who played the bulk of their career in small market cities. There needs to be more players involved in the process earlier than they are today. the players know who was good even if they never had their name up in the national lights….

  10. Dan Whitney - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Where’s Ashton? Are we being Punk’d?

  11. Ryan - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Wow, that is kind of a shock that the Hawk got in and no one else. I was really expecting either Larkin or Alomar to be the ones to get in if anyone did.
    Whatever, when does baseball season start?

  12. Ari Collins - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    I meant to say “there’s something you folks are missing”.
    Also, if I could get a google search for “BBW” to point to the BBWAA, I would be a happy Ari.

  13. Howie B. - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    I wouldn’t weep for Blyleven – he’s only 5 votes away and this keeps him relevant for yet another year.
    The next two classes are extraordinarily weak – the only sure thing is Bagwell next year (there are others who might make it, but no other slam dunks). So we might be looking at a Bagwell/Blyleven/Alomar class in 2011 and a Raines/Larkin class in 2012 before the monster class of 2013 (Clemens, Bonds, Biggio, Sosa, Piazza, Schilling).

  14. Mike C - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    I don’t understand why the writers get to vote for the HOF. I think the fans and players should also vote.
    There are various ways that this could be done. Online, mail, etc. And I don’t want to hear about fraud – there are ways to combat that.
    We vote for All-Star games which writers use for HOF induction.

  15. Tom - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Was this strictly a backlash against the so called stat people? Or is simply because most voters preferred the good old days when no one talked about steroid even though a lot of the players used them (including probably Andre Dawson)?

  16. Andrew - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    I am very sad to have to cancel my first trip to cooperstown. At least I know I will get to see Alomar get in next year since the idiots who don’t consider him a first ballot will simply see him as the hall of famer he is.

  17. Nick - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    No Blyleven? Shame for sure!!!!

  18. Angel of Death - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    It sounds all well and good that Bert is “sure to make it in next year”, but it should’ve been this year. Now he has to hope that he stays healthy and safe for another year so that he’s still around to accept this honor. A year may not seem far away but tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone. Bert should’ve received this honor today.

  19. whojhouse - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    What else is new? These little men that vote are clueless, with the exception of ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian. The annual hall of fame vote is like the BCS. Its a farce and we can keep complaining but nothing will change.
    I’d like to specifically call out the insufferable a-hole Jay Mariotti. He proudly stated yesterday on Around the Horn that he didn’t vote for anyone. Why this worthless piece of crap even has a job is beyond me but why he gets to vote for the Hall is even more bizarre.
    If I had one wish in life it may be to punch him in the face as hard as I can.

  20. Rod Thorn - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Blyleven should have been voted in many, many years ago. If he’d played on decent teams he would have won 325 games. He had the best curveball, great control, and guts beyond compare.

  21. Rod Thorn - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Blyleven should have been voted in many, many years ago. If he’d played on decent teams he would have won 325 games. He had the best curveball, great control, and guts beyond compare.

  22. Jeff H - Jan 6, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Larkin gets 51.6% on his first try and Trammell cracks 20% for the first time? Look at their career stats and explain how this is possible:
    Larkin’s career numbers: .295 BA, 198 HR, 2,340 hits, 960 RBI, 379 SB, 3 Gold Gloves.
    Trammell’s career numbers: .285 BA, 185 HR, 2,365 hits, 1,003 RBI, 236 SB, 4 Gold Gloves.
    Alan Trammell is the most over looked short stop of all time.

  23. Ed - Jan 6, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Angel of Death – Blyleven should have been in a few years back…Dawson – well, sure if Jim Rice is HOF worthy…Alomar deserves the spitters HOF, what he did is technically assault. Matters not that Hirshbeck and he are “friends” now – the HOF is supposed to elect a PERSON. not separating the manager/player/man. Alomar’s spitting incident ruined my feeling for him forever, much the Raffy Palmiero ruined his reputation. And puh-leeze on McGuire – he had 1600 hits in his career. Other than hitting bombs he was not a very good ballplayer. It’s the Hall of FAME, not the Hall of Homers.

  24. Mark - Jan 6, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    While I do feel that Andre Dawson does deserve to get into the Hall Of Fame, I completely agree in the assessment that the BBWAA has failed in its job in voting, especially in these last few years.
    It is unbelievable that someone with the numbers of Bert Blyleven cannot get into the Hall Of Fame and it is ridiculous that two out the last three years, prior to this year, relief pitchers have been voted in ahead of Blyleven and many others that are far more deserving.
    Something needs to change either in the voting criteria or maybe specifically the voters, who continually have questionable picks and non-picks and have no sense of the history of the game.

  25. talex - Jan 6, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Bert Blyleven was barely above a .500 pitcher in his career, and I did watch him pitch for years and years and never once did anyone in his 22 years of pitching ever even breath or mention that he was a HOF pitcher. Tommy John, Luis Tiant, and Ron Guidry were all looked at as pitchers who had a better chance at the HOF than Blyleven, but he’s been weaping about the HOF for years, because he hung on long enough to get a lot of strikeouts and 278 wins. But a horse is a horse; and a #3 pitcher is a #3 pitcher. Come on people. Wake up. Someone who averaged 12 wins per year is NOT a HOF pitcher! A .538 winning percentage? That’s embarressing! How does this sound: Cy Young, Sandy Koufax, Grover Alexander, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson … and Bert Blyleven? Sorry, but no. Barry Larkin is not a HOF player nor is he close. Alomar is a shoe-in. Dawson had 400+ homeruns and 300+ stolen bases and he got in because like Jim Rice (he didn’t take ‘roids and these are anti-roid votes). Take it as you will.

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