Sunday, January 10, 2010

Andre Dawson

Congratulations to Andre Dawson on reaching the Hall of Fame.  It took him 7 years to be elected after he became eligible, but he deserves it.  He had a rare combination of power and speed, being one of only 3 players with 400 HR and 300 SB, with the other two being Willie Mays and Barry Bonds.

Career numbers can be slightly misleading, especially for players who stuck around beyond their best years, as Dawson did.  He stuck around until 1996, and wasn't terrible in those final years, but he didn't perform well either (OPS around .750 each year).   During his best years, he put up impressive numbers (in addition to winning a Rookie of the Year in 1977, an MVP in 1987 and 2nd place MVP finishes in 1981 and 1983) that compare favorably to other Hall of Famers from the era:

Ranks - 1977-1992: Andre Dawson
Extra Base Hits 932 (1st)
Total Bases 4307 (2nd) - Murray
2484 H (3rd) - Murray, Yount
2286 G (3rd) - Murray, Yount
399 HR (3rd) - Schmidt, Murray
1418 RBI (3rd) - Murray, Winfield
440 2B (5th) - Brett, Yount, Murray, Parker
1250 R (7th) - Henderson, Yount, Murray, Winfield, Brett, Molitor

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