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Dawson to remain an Expo in MLB Hall of Fame




Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, MLB,

Andre DawsonAndre “The Hawk” Dawson’s Major League road is coming to a stop with his induction into the MLB Hall of Fame. After eight failed attempts at reaching everlasting fame, Dawson was voted in with 77.9% of the vote and will be inducted this year. Dawson’s issue with his selection is that he will not go in wearing a Chicago Cubs hat. His plaque will feature the symbol of the defunct Montreal Expos. Dawson has expressed his frustration publicly at being denied his request to represent the Cubs in Cooperstown.

The Hawk broke into the Major Leagues in 1976 with the Expos and played there until 1986 when he became a free agent. He signed with the Cubs for ’87-’92. He also spent time with the Red Sox and the Marlins, but his greatest years were undoubtedly spent with the French province and Windy City teams. Which of the two teams he had more success with is a hot topic of debate in baseball.

With Montreal, Dawson was the Rookie of the Year in 1977. He went to three All-Star Games, won four Silver Slugger Awards and six Gold Gloves. He finished second in the National League MVP vote twice and was seventh another time. With Chicago, he played in five All-Star Games, won two Gold Gloves and one Silver Slugger Award, but was selected as the NL MVP in 1987 after hitting 49 home runs and 137 RBI, both career-bests by far.

The Expos retired Dawson’s #10 in honor of his time spent there. Some argue that he is slighting the former Canadian team simply because they no longer play in Montreal. Dawson claims that the Hall is clearly trying to preserve the history of the game, including remembering the team that now plays in Washington. Despite his disappointment, Dawson has kept a professional attitude and is still proud to be on the Hall of Fame team. He will join Gary Carter as the only two players to represent the Expos in Cooperstown.

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