Alomar gets jobbed by BBWAA
Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
I am sorry, I don't think Andre Dawson is a Hall of Famer.
I don't get it. How in the world did Dawson get into the 2010 Hall of Fame class, yet Roberto Alomar misses out? Don't get me wrong, Dawson was a great, great player, but come on, You shake a baseball tree in the 1980's and plenty of Andre Dawsons fall out.
Alomar, on the other hand, is arguably the best second baseman to ever play the game.
Plus I have a question for the 420 people who voted Dawson in. How exactly is the Hawk more deserving than Fred McGriff? To be fair, I don't think McGriff should have been elected, but if you want to compare the two, it is not even close.
Dawson topped 30 home runs three times and went over 100 RBI just four times. McGriff, meanwhile, hit at least 30 home runs 10 times and drove in over 100 runs eight times.
Of the 45 players with 400 or more home runs, Dawson's .323 on-base-percentage ranks lower than only that of the illustrious Dave Kingman (.302). Plus his .279 career average is the lowest of any outfielder elected.
Let's be honest, Don Mattingly had more dominant seasons than Dawson and the only way Donnie Baseball gets into Cooperstown is if he pays admission. If you want to go even further, Tim Raines had a better career than his former Expos teammate Dawson, and he is not even a consideration.
Roberto Alomar is arguably the best second baseman to ever play the game.
This is more about Alomar getting snubbed, though. I would love to hear why voters left him off their ballots. A lifetime .300 hitter, Alomar ended his career with 2,724 hits, 210 home runs, 1,134 RBI, 1,508 runs scored and 474 stolen bases. Plus he was a 12-time All-Star and his 10 Gold Gloves are more than any other second baseman.
What more did Alomar have to do?
Alomar is not in for one reason, and one reason only, and that is because of the incident in Toronto in 1996 when the then-Oriole spat in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck, who threw him out of the game for arguing a called third strike.
Alomar defended himself by saying Hirschbeck had uttered a racial slur, and that Hirschbeck had been bitter since one son had died of the rare nerve disorder ALD, and another had recently been diagnosed as well.
However, both Alomar and Hirschbeck have long settled their differences and actually have done many charity events together in the time since. They have put that behind them long ago, and the baseball writers who left Alomar off their ballot should have done the same.
Then again, you tell a Mets fan that Alomar is a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer and you might be laughed out of the room. I can't remember a player falling off more than him towards the end of his career. His first 14 seasons, though, were phenomenal.
In the end, Alomar came up eight votes shy and will likely get voted in next year - he's simply too good to be overlooked for too long - and that is the most important thing in the end.
It just leaves a sour taste in my mouth that he has to wait a year.