Hall of Fame Ballot Review – Andre Dawson


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Career Accomplishments
2774 hits
438 home runs
314 steals
119 OPS+
8 Gold Gloves
8 All Star Appearances
1987 Most Valuable Player
20 homers/20 steals: 5 times
20 homeruns: 13
100 rbi – 4
20 steals – 7
OPS+ of 130 – 7 times

The Case for Dawson
Dawson won the MVP in 1987 in his most dominant season. He won 8 Gold Gloves for his play in the outfield, had 5 20-20 seasons, and a career OPS+ of 119. He finished with 2774 hits, 438 homeruns, and made 8 All-Star Appearances as well.

The Case Against Dawson
He really wasn’t a full-time player from 1993-1996, and had league average seasons in 1984, 1985, and 1978. He never really had a good batting eye, as he never drew more than 44 walks in any single season. He also never posted an on-base percentage higher than .365, despite hitting .300 or better 5 times.

Analysis
I am actually having a hard time finding a particularly good argument against Dawson’s candidacy. Dawson had all 5 tools when he came to the majors, and used them for years. He definitely showed speed (7 20 steal seasons, 314 career steals), power (13 20 homerun seasons, 438 career homers), and fielding (8 seasons of 10+ outfield assists, 8 Gold Gloves). His 1987 season was one of his most productive, and his MVP award showed it. (49 homers, 137 rbi, 353 total bases, all league leaders) While his walk total definitely leaves a lot to be desired, the production he provided more than counteracted that shortfall in his game.

Dawson, in my opinion, is a Hall of Famer. While there was no one facet of his game that was simply elite, nearly every skill he had was above-average, with flashes of brilliance as well. His career numbers show a player who was one of the best of his era, with a sustained level of success. In my opinion, a Hall of Famer.

MY VOTE: YES

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5 responses to “Hall of Fame Ballot Review – Andre Dawson

  1. Nice post Jason! Dawson does belong in the hall and that is easy to see. I don’t think you have to look any further than knowing that he is one of three players with 400 HRs, 300 SBs and 2,500 Hits. Think about all of the greats, Ruth, Mantle, Williams, Aaron, etc., that didn’t accomplish that feat.

    I think walks and OBP should be weighed heavily for lead-off and two hole type hitters, but those aspects of the game wasn’t why the Cubs signed him in 1987. They signed him to drive in runs, not to walk.

    I blogged about his subject, check it out sometime:

    http://hawk4thehall.blogspot.com/2009/08/dont-judge-andre-on-his-obp-that-wasnt.html

    Charley
    Andre Dawson for the Hall of Fame

    http://www.hawk4thehall.blogspot.com

  2. Nice post Jason! Dawson does belong in the hall and that is easy to see. I don’t think you have to look any further than knowing that he is one of three players with 400 HRs, 300 SBs and 2,500 Hits. Think about all of the greats, Ruth, Mantle, Williams, Aaron, etc., that didn’t accomplish that feat.

    I think walks and OBP should be weighed heavily for lead-off and two hole type hitters, but those aspects of the game wasn’t why the Cubs signed him in 1987. They signed him to drive in runs, not to walk.

    Charley
    Andre Dawson for the Hall of Fame
    hawk4thehall blogspot

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  5. Jonathan Goldstein

    I agree totally! I have been writing about him for years! If Dawson had more walks, he would have entered Cooperstown before 2010. As it stands, he is in now and that’s all that matters.

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