Andre Dawson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today. He's been eligible for nine years, so it's nice to see The Hawk not have to wait any longer, like some players we know who are stuck in perpetual limbo. He had six seasons as a Cub from 1987 through 1992, none better than his '87 MVP year with a .287 BA, 49 HR and 137 RBIs, amazing achievements for a last-place team.
He also won Rookie of the Year with Montreal, and I remember being a big fan of his during the early years, so I was pretty happy when he ended up with the Cubs. He was on the '89 Cubs team that made the play-offs, though that season was his worst as a Cub, and his .105 BA, 0 HRs and 3 RBIs in the NLCS were partly why the Cubs couldn't get past San Francisco despite Mark Grace's .647 BA and Ryne Sandberg's .400 BA in that series. Still, The Hawk made many Wrigley outings during my college years a lot of fun.
I was pretty surprised that two-time White Sox player Robby Alomar didn't get voted into the Hall today. He was pretty dreadful and already past his prime with the Sox in 2003 and a brief, separate stint the following year, but was an All-Star and Gold Glover many times over.
Harry The Hat
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