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Andre Dawson Hall of Famer

By bullpenbrian at 12.08.2009 4 comments.

Picking Hall of Famers isn’t as difficult as the writers make it out to be.

To me it’s a black or white issue, either the guy was one of the best during his era or he wasn’t.

If a player falls in the grey area I probably don’t vote for him.

And if he’s a noted steroids user he’s out of luck, too.

Former Cub great Andre Dawson is a no brainer.

  • Eight times an All Star.
  • Eight times a Gold Glove winner.
  • Won the 1987 MVP Award.
  • Posted a career batting average of .279 as a power hitter.
  • Smashed 438 home runs
  • Knocked in 1,519 RBI.

Hall…of…Famer.

The guys at Cubs Cast are laying the ground work to get the Hawk elected in 2010 as well.

Dawson being elected to the Hall goes without saying, even if the writers make it out to be a bigger deal than it really is.

I don’t have vote, of course, but if I did here’s how I’d see it:

YES

Roberto Alomar, Harold Baines, Bert Blyleven, Andre Dawson, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Lee Smith, Alan Tramell, Robin Ventura, Corey Patterson (JK!)

NO

Kevin Appier, Ellis Burks, Andres Galarraga, Pat Hentgen, Mike Jackson, Eric Karros, Ray Lankford, Don Mattingly, Mark McGwire, Dave Parker, Tim Raines, Shane Reynolds, David Segui, Todd Zeile

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4 Comments

  1. Eric says:

    We are all very, very thankful that you don’t have a vote.

    Baines, Dawson, Murphy and Morris were all very good players but aren’t HOFers.

    Baines was NEVER the best of his era. I believe you included him because you are a Chicago homer. It is laughable that you would suggest this.

    Dawson was an out machine and didn’t deserve his ’87 MVP. Ozzie Smith and Jack Clark were more deserving but split the vote, and speaking of Clark, he was a better hitter. Period.

    Murph didn’t have enough good years. Why don’t we just elect Nomar Garciaparra. Morris’ ERA was over 4 in the era of the pitcher. Laughable.

    And not including Alomar…you are a joke.

    • bullpenbrian says:

      Well, a few other cohorts gave me grief about Murphy too, but I’m pushing the two-time MVP Award winner towards election anyway.

      In all honesty, Alomar was a typo on my part. He’s in the Hall for sure…I just misplaced him on my list by accident, and I’ll make the change to put him in the Yes category. This we can agree on!

      I’m holding my ground, however, on Baines and Raines. The Rock was awesome on the base paths, but he’s in the grey area outside steals. And by no means is he the greatest eligible player on this list. Sorry, not buying it.

      Homer or not, Baines is in my friend.

      Thanks for checking out the article and for sharing your opinions, Eric. It’s more fun that way!

  2. Eric says:

    Not to mention that you left Tim Raines off…Raines is the best player in the pool of players eligible.

  3. Maybe as a Cubs fan I’m a little Biased, but how the heck is Dawson not a Hall of Famer? Sorry I can’t go with you on the Robin Ventura pick though. Never thought of him as a superstar. Baines is a little closer, but I’d have to go no for him too.

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