I guess without the annual Jim Rice debate to capture our attention, the Hall of Fame results flew under the radar. The Hawk got in, Robbie Alomar didn’t. More proof that the system is completely flawed. Peter Abraham over at Boston.com offers a great observation:
Andre Dawson was the only player elected. He played 2,627 games over 21 seasons from 1976-96 and hit .279 with a .323 on-base percentage and a .482 slugging percentage. He had 438 home runs and 1,591 RBI. “The Hawk” won eight Gold Gloves and was an All-Star eight times.
Then there was a player who played in 2,606 games over 20 seasons from 1972-91. He hit .272 with a .370 on-base percentage and a .470 slugging percentage. He has 385 home runs and 1,384 RBI. This player won eight Gold Gloves and was an All-Star three times.
Peter isn’t lobbying for Dewey as a Hall of Famer, just pointing out the facts. The two guys played in roughly the same era and had eerily similar stats. Evans was always one of my favorites. Without his catch in the ’75 World Series, Fisk’s “wave it fair” homerun might never have happened.
But the voting farce is over for another year, and we start the countdown to Truck Day!