The Squawking Hawk: Andre Dawson Is Acting Like a Baby

D.A.Senior Writer IJanuary 27, 2010

SAN DIEGO - 1989:  Andre Dawson #8 of the Chicago Cubs swings the bat during a game with the San Diego Padres in 1989 at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Be thankful for what you have.

Andre Dawson will be inducted into Cooperstown this year—with the cap of the now defunct Montreal Expos.

This comes to the dismay of Andre "The Hawk" Dawson. He said, " was a little gut-wrenching for me to hear," and "I'm disappointed...I can proudly say that because Chicago was my preference."

Dawson also said his that he thought his opinion would "...carry a little bit more weight than it did."

Now what grinds my gears is why is Dawson fussing? He should be grateful that he was even elected to the Hall of Fame. He was a great player, but his stats are far from spectacular. It took nine ballots for Dawson to get selected—over more qualified candidates like Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar.

Dawson's anger is a slap in the face to those fans in Montreal. The truth is that he didn't have more of an impact with the Cubs than with the Expos. Sure, he won an MVP with the Cubs in 1987, but he didn't even take them to the playoffs that year. And it's questionable why he won the award over a pair of more deserving Cardinals.

The number of times Dawson's Cubs went to the playoffs? It matches the number of times Dawson's Expos went to the playoffs: one. And Dawson finished second in MVP voting the year his Expos went to the playoffs. The Hawk also led the Expos to their only postseason series win.

Additionally, The Hawk won six Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers with the Expos while only nabbing two Gold Gloves and one Silver Slugger with Cubs.

Andre Dawson's career stats include 438 home runs, 1,591 RBI, 2,774 hits, .279 batting average, .323 on-base percentage, and a .482 on-base percentage.

Dawson indicated that he might wear a Cubs hat during his induction speech. If he does, it will be an embarrassment to Major League Baseball, the Chicago Cubs organization, and an even greater sign of disrespect for those fans in Montreal.

The Hawk should stop squawking and complaining about his cap, and be happy that he was even elected to Cooperstown.