It's time for Dawson to receive his due
Written by Fred Mitchell   
Tuesday, 15 December 2009

The leading returning vote-getter for baseball’s Hall of Fame is outfielder Andre Dawson.


Dawson, who received 67 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America last year, will have my vote again this year. There are 26 players on this year’s ballot, and a player needs at least 75 percent of the vote to make the Hall of Fame.

While numbers represent the ultimate criteria for selection to the HOF, the eye test can provide an even truer indicator. Dawson, in my opinion, was the ultimate team player, who played with chronically damaged knees and often sacrificed personal stats for the sake of giving his team the best opportunity to win a game. As the situation dictated, he would move runners along by going to the opposite field or being especially patient at the plate to keep a rally alive.

Dawson, an 8-time All-star, finished just 44 votes shy of election to the Hall of Fame last year. In my mind, his time has finally come for selection.