Congratulations Andre Dawson
You're now one of the worst outfielders in the Hall of Fame.
Was it the lifetime .279 BA or the .323 OBP that had writers swooning (Dawson is now, by the way, the outfielder with the lowest career OBP of any outfielder ever inducted into the Hall).
Dawson's 119 OPS+ for his career speaks to a good player, but not an all-time great.
Most of the defense of Dawson comes from contemporaries who say he was "scary to play against" or a "gamer" or a "hard worker."
Someone enshrine Brett Gardner immediately.
I really don't get it. Usually you can look to RBI for a reason BBWAA members overrate a guy, but Dawson only drove in 100 runs 4 times in a 20-year career.
This isn't to say he didn't deserve some All-Star appearances in his career, but Hall of Famer?
Robbie Alomar of course was one of the best second basemen, both offensively and defensively, of all time. He didn't make the cut.
Tim Raines deserves to be in, far ahead of Dawson. Besides the steals (and more importantly one of the best stolen base percentages of all-time) he has higher career BA (.294), OBP (.385), and OPS+ (123). Yet Rock didn't even come close.
The BBWAA has gotten better in recent years in letting folks like Rob Neyer and Keith Law in, but you can tell there are a lot of knuckleheads still with votes.
Labels: andre dawson, bbwaa, hall of fame, keith law, roberto alomar, rob neyer, tim raines, undeserving hall of famers
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 3:03 PM