The Hawk. If you grew up in the 70s and 80s that name has only one meaning - Andre Dawson. Dawson was one of the best all around baseball players of his era and as of yet, the Hall of Fame voters have not given him enough respect. Now that we have finally gotten the Jim Rice fiasco out of the way, it is the Hawk's turn.
Perhaps Dawson does not garner a high level of respect because of where he toiled throughout the majority of his career (e,g, - Montreal and with bad Cubs teams). Perhaps it is because he narrowly missed the magic 3,000 hits plateau (2,774), 500 HRs (438). Or, perhaps the voters are just planning to line him and Tim Raines up for induction in the same year.
How many players in the history of baseball can claim to have hit over 400 HRs and stolen more than 300 bases? There are 2 - Willie Mays and Barry Bonds. Add that to the fact that during his era, you could argue that Dwight Evans was the only outfield arm that was more feared by a baserunner.
Here's hoping that the Baseball Writers Association gets it right when the 2010 HOF class is announced.
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