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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. Dakota - Jan 6, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    @Talex
    “Bert Blyleven was barely above a .500 pitcher in his career”
    He had a better winning percentage then Nolan Ryan….
    “Come on people. Wake up. Someone who averaged 12 wins per year is NOT a HOF pitcher!”
    287 wins in 22 years is slightly over 13 a year. So would you be on the bandwagon to de-HOF Nolan Ryan 325/27 is only 12 wins a year….

  2. Florida727 - Jan 6, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Unfortunately you can make numbers tell any story you want them to, good or bad, which is why this popularity contest known as the Hall of Fame means nothing, except to the families of the people elected to it. As for the guy who said he won’t visit the Hall until Ron Santo is enshrined… don’t bother checking Orbitz any time soon. Those idiot writers and/or veterans committee members will never get that one right.

  3. chip - Jan 6, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Good. Neither Sosa nor McGwire deserve any HOF consideration.

  4. Gary N - Jan 6, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    I think this is also to have some from the former Expo organization make it. After all, anyone that put in the years in that place on that field deserves something. Dawson could have had much better numbers in any other field had he not played in Canada.
    I don’t like the good-old-boy voting process, but so many other also deserve to be in. If you not worthy in 5 years how do you make it in 10 years.

  5. h r coursen - Jan 6, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Agree with Gator on Buck O’Neill. An insult to Buck as player and as man. Also — look at Wally Schang. Compare Ray Schalk. Also look at the man who drove Ty Cobb in — Bobby Veach.

  6. Bill Enright - Jan 6, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Andre Dawson lived in my brothers building downt the street from Wrigley and when Andre was in Chicago getting his knee looked at in 1991 during the xmas holidays, he was invited to have a few beers with us and came over for three hours. He truly is a great and humble guy, just like you would see from interviews, etc. I have a pic of us with a beer and Andre signed it several years later. Very cool to have especially since he a Hall of Famer!!! He was a five tool player that had very good batting stats but also was great defensively until the knees broke. So glad for Andre!!!

  7. brandon - Jan 6, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Seriously…?? Belle was roided out his ass

  8. basedrum777 - Jan 6, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    The HOF voters didn’t get it completely right. No person who was eligible or became eligible this year should’ve gotten in…
    Bly horded stats and was a #3 at best,
    Alomar disrespected the game,
    Dawson didn’t walk once and became a mediocre outfilder quickly,
    Larkin didn’t dominate the game enough,
    McGwire cheated the game and didn’t have the stats even if he didn’t cheat,
    Rose – don’t even start with that waste of a human…

  9. johnny in toledo - Jan 6, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    You’re not kidding. Ironically the great combo of Whitaker and Trammel probably took away the spotlight from each individual. Larkin had the spotlight to himself most of his career.

  10. Char-in-Miami - Jan 6, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    there is a good reason why some of those GIANTS as you call them did not and hopefully will not get in the HOF. yes – shoeless joe should get in but pete rose? never.
    as to other GIANTS that shouldn’t get in – put barry bonds as the second nominee on that list. mark mcguire would make a good third with sammy sosa a good fourth.
    it shouldn’t be just about the numbers – but also the character of the man, something lacking in the above mentioned.

  11. basedrum777 - Jan 6, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Ryan was a No. 1 during his career and dominated when good. Bly never came close to that level. Bly is probably a great guy but the fact that you have to argue for his candidacy means he shouldn’t get in…

  12. johng - Jan 6, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Quit your whining. Blyleven was never better than a #2 on any staff he pitched on. Twins, Pirates, Rangers there were always 1 or 2 better pitchers on the team.
    Blyleven will get elected next year, and then you can all finally live in your fantasy world where Blyleven is in the HOF, there is no starvation in the world, and nuclear weapons are a thing of the past.
    Travesty? Travesty, perhaps, that Blyleven wasn’t good enough to win 13 more games. Everyone talks about the 120 1-0, 2-0 and no decision games he pitched. How many non-quality starts did he make where the team pulled it out for him?
    Best curve ball in history – truly pathetic. Hyperbole much? Again, Blyleven will get in next year, where he can join Don Sutton in voting no on Ron Santo for the rest of their lives.
    Gil Hodges? Sure, he can get in at the same time as Joe Pepitone, Wes Parker and John Mayberry. I chuckle aloud.

  13. johng - Jan 6, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    So, are you saying that Wade Boggs, Ty Cobb, and pretty much every single ballplayer get booted from the hall? George Brett cheated. Drysdale was a head hunter.
    Character is such a BS excuse to keep people out of the HOF. As for Rose, character has nothing to do with it. He flat out broke the rules. And not by using too much pine tar, or wearing a chain while pitching. He bet on his own team. They should erase Pete Rose’s stats, and blur his face on any historical game films.

  14. Tim - Jan 6, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    “…but he hit for power, hard a cannon arm, and until the Olympic Stadium turf took its toll on his knees…”
    I’ll begin to read these editorials a little more seriously once Craig begins to proofread a little better.
    Congratulations, Hawk.

  15. DavidKnows - Jan 6, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    As a Yankee fan I knew that whenever Blyleven pitched against them it had the potential of being a long day. Put him on better teams and he wins 20 or 30 more games. I know these people claiming he was never the ace of the staff or never the best pitcher in the league simply weren’t fans at that time. Nobody mentions Dave Stewart who was for several years the best pitcher in the American Leaguem check out his stats. Jim Kaat too, how can a man who has won 287 games no even be considered? Because he pitched 22 years in the big leagues. To me, lasting that long in the Bigs should also be HoF material, how many people in the history of the game had the talent and durability to play that many years of major league baseball.

  16. Willard S. Reaves - Jan 6, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    I would say that the decision on Dawson was a good choice, however! Pete Rose is still out there and it’s high time that baseball give him the respect and vote him to the Hall of Fame now. Enough is enough and if you ask me; “I think he has paid dearly for his past mistakes”. So all you perfect voters out there must look into your own mirrors and decide if it’s time.

  17. willmose - Jan 6, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Sorry, but McGwire’s the best of the lot.

  18. george - Jan 6, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Wierd outcome? yes, but shame on the writers? It’s not like it was 5 guys voting. Were people snubbed? Absolutely. But that’s just how it goes. Blyleven went up significantly, and then you get the “nobody goes in on the first try” voters, but it’s always been like that. heck, joe dimaggio didn’t get in his first try. it all evens out in the end.

  19. basedrum777 - Jan 6, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    He cheated…

  20. Bill - Jan 6, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    The BBWAA should have all voting priveleges revoked. They should not be the ownly Assoc’ to vote. When the Hall of fame was opened Radio was still in it’s infancy,TV was a pipe dream and Newspapers (remember them, kids ???) were the primary source of news and other information.

  21. MIKE - Jan 6, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    IF OBAMA IS ENTITLED TO THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE THIS GUY, WHOEVER HE IS, IS ENTITLED TO THIS HONOR. THERE ARE NO LONGER ANY STANDARDS FOR AWARDS. GIVE THEM TO WHOMWEVER FOR WHATEVER REASON. WHO IS JOHN GALT?

  22. johng - Jan 6, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    And can I say this about Blyleven? The Twins’ teams he pitched for were a .500 team when he was with them. Texas was very competitive the 2 years he was there. Pittsburgh in the late 70’s? Give me a break.
    Big whoop. Basically, he pitched in Cleveland 4 years. I guess that means Bill Bonham, Jerry Koosman, Jim Slaton, and every other guy who pitched on bad teams should all get into the HOF.
    It’s “everyone-gets-in-the-HOF” day!

  23. johng - Jan 6, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    If GOPs are allowed to complain about Obama, and cite a horrible, rambling book about whiney rich people on a sports chat board, I should be able to flap my arms and fly.
    WWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
    “mike” can’t even type a name of a sports guy. No wonder you’re in a permanent minority.

  24. ochentacinco - Jan 6, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Thanks Talex for the truth. BB was average. Suttonesque.

  25. ochentacinco - Jan 6, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    MIKE, you are an idiot.

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