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Dawson to enter Hall of Fame as an Expo

Jan 27, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

Dawson Expos.jpgOur long international nightmare is over:

After attending the annual B.A.T. banquet in New York Tuesday night, [Andre] Dawson sent the following text to The Tribune: “Hall will issue a press release (Wednesday) announcing that I will go in as an Expo.”

While Dawson may have enjoyed more general fame as a Cub, he played 1443 games in Montreal vs. 867 in Chicago and was a Gold Glove centerfielder. If he had retired to become a shepherd in 1987, people would forever play the “what if” game, talking about how a very special player had hung it up in his prime. If his Cub career somehow stood alone and ended as abruptly, people would remember him as good but not spectacular power hitting corner outfielder, kind of like David Justice or someone. I think that takes care of it.

But the real question remains: now that he’s not going in as a Cub, is the team going to be petty and not retire his number?

  1. Rib - Jan 27, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    Why is there a picture of Lionel Richie in pajamas next to this story?

  2. Chipmaker - Jan 27, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Good decision by the Hall. Now if only Raines can get elected, there will be three Expos captured in bronze eternal, because no way do Martinez or Guerrero get the tricolor M on their eventual caps.

  3. Matt S. - Jan 27, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Vlad’s career at the moment is looking eerily similar to Dawson’s, actually. Had better numbers for the Angel’s (Plus one MVP) in less time, had the longer service time with the Expos.

  4. smsetnor - Jan 27, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    The Cubs should still retire his number. And I know that I’m a Dawson fanboy. But it’s just the right thing to do for someone who came to play for you for a blank check.

  5. MARK - Jan 27, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    Why does Baseball want to forget this franchise so bad? Oh thats right because they screwed it and the city over so bad if it goes away then they can focus on the important stuff………………Like……um…………Ah yes making sure the cheaters get away with what they did. I almost forgot im so glad I watch Football and gave up on Baseball back in 94.

  6. Jamie - Jan 27, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    The Nationals should retire his number. Raines & Carter, too. Seriously, I will never understand why that team threw away it’s history for a statue of Frank Howard with six arms.

  7. Rock for HOF - Jan 27, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    Vlad got better figures with the Expos, globally.
    Expos: 1004GP, 3763AB, 234HR, 702RBI, 123SB, .323AVG, .588SLG
    Angels: 846GP, 3237AB, 173HR, 616RBI, 52SB, .319ABG, .546SLG
    (Even if he played more games in Montreal, his ratio of HR/game is better with the Expos: 0.23 VS 0.20).
    But you are right for the MVP…

  8. Wooden U. Lykteneau - Jan 27, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Sure, no problem. Just as soon as the Baltimore Orioles retire the numbers of Rick Ferrell, George Sisler and Bobby Wallace. Or maybe Oakland acknowledging Chief Bender, Eddie Collins, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, Eddie Plank, and Al Simmons.

  9. The Pat - Jan 27, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA!

  10. Utley's hair - Jan 27, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Andre brought it All Night Long. Unfortunately, my beloved Phils are bringing back that godawful powder blue road uni for a throwback game—I think in Milwaukee(?)—this season. I cringe to explain it to my son.

  11. nasheagles - Jan 27, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Why wouldn’t he go in as an Expo? he was there twice as long…

  12. Love da cubs - Jan 27, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    CLASSIC bro! Classic….

  13. corsair82 - Jan 27, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Unless a player played his entire career with one team they should just put a blank cap on and list the teams they played for.

  14. Keystone - Jan 27, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Rib, that was absolutely beautiful!

  15. Jamie - Jan 27, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Since a lot of those guys played before uniforms had numbers, who’s to say they haven’t?

  16. RoadWarrior - Jan 27, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    OMG Rib, that was the BEST opening comment of any article I’ve read! Definitely CLASSIC as Love da Cubs said. Way to make my day :-)

  17. Todd - Jan 27, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Mark, your comment is absurd and borderline retarded. You don’t think they juice in the NFL? Just wondering?

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