“Andre Dawson is this year’s sole electee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, it was announced on Wednesday…Dawson had 438 homers and 1,591 RBIs for four teams. He played 21 seasons, his first 11 with the old Montreal Expos and his next six with the Cubs, but never was a member of a team that went to the World Series. Last year at this time he missed the cut with 67 percent of the vote….Dawson will be inducted on July 25 in Cooperstown, N.Y., along with manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey, who were elected in December by a Veterans Committee.”
“Dawson received 420 out of 539 votes for 77.9% of the vote in voting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Bert Blyleven was second with 400 votes (74.2%), five shy of the 405 votes or 75% needed for induction, and Roberto Alomar was third with 397 (73.7%).”
For more information on Andre Dawson’s Career, here is his Wikipedia page which already is updated
Close but no cigar:
Alomar was a 12-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove second baseman, who batted .300 with 2,724 hits during a 17-year career for seven teams. He came up in San Diego with the Padres in 1988 and played three seasons there before being traded to the Blue Jays where he played another five, winning the World Series in 1992 and ’93.
Blyleven also missed the cut last year with 62.7 percent of the vote. He won 287 games and recorded 3,701 strikeouts (fifth highest all-time) for five big league teams in 22 seasons. He had two stints with the Twins, coming up in that organization where he played his first six seasons. Blyleven later returned for a little longer than three more. During that second stint, he was a member of Minnesota’s 1987 World Series-winning team.
Larkin, another first timer on the ballot and likely electee, didn’t make it this time around, although he was a distinct possibility. Like Alomar, he also was a 12-time All-Star, who played on the Reds’ 1990 World Series-winning team. He batted .295 and had 2,340 hits. Comparatively on offense, Ozzie Smith, the last pure shortstop elected (on the first ballot in 2002), batted .267 with 2,460 hits in 19 seasons for the Padres and Cardinals. Smith got in so quickly because of his defensive ability.