Monday, June 16, 2008

#500 Andre Dawson



Why this card is awesome: Because of a nice action shot. Dawson looks like he's just taken a massive cut, as he always did at the plate. My only regret about this photo is that it didn't capture Dawson's glare. You, know, like this shot:

Cool stat: The Hawk is one of the members of the 400-HR, 300-SB club. The other two? Barry Bonds and Willie Mays. Nice company.

Dawson didn't make the HOF in 2008 but he got very close with 65.9% of the vote. Next year, Jim Rice and Rickey Henderson will probably make it in, and Dawson should make it by 2010 or 2011. In my opinion, he is quite worthy.

3 comments:

Jim said...

One of my all time favorite players. Even I am not sure he should be in the Hall though. In the mid 80s he was as exciting as anyone, but hiso numbers were never as good as I thought they should have been. His postseason numbers aren't good either. But he stole some bases, and was a fantastic outfielder, and did win an MVP, so he could make it.

Matt said...

The Hawk was my favorite player as a kid, and the little kid voice in my head says "Heck yeah he should be in". But from a more objective viewpoint, Dawson really deserves to be one of the best players who is not in the hall (along with contemporaries Jim Rice, Dale Murphy, and Don Mattingly). His selection as the '87 MVP was a very bad selection; the only categories he led were HR, RBI, and TB. He had league average OBP that year. His career OBP is pitiful compared to HOF standards. That said, he was a class act who played hard every day, and he definitely deserves getting a good card number like 500.

Luke said...

my guess, if he hadn't played for the expos (even though they had some good teams) and the cubs (again, even though they had a few good teams), if he would of played for say, the Dodgers, or Mets, he would definitely be in by now....