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Andre Dawson

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Andre Dawson

Andre Dawson was elected to the Hall of Fame in his ninth year of eligibility, 2010, with 77.9% of the vote.

The first table below presents Andre Dawson's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Andre Dawson
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1976MON21
24
2.53.40.425-0.5
-0.3
2.63.00.457-0.3-0.1
1977MON22
139
16.315.70.510-0.1
1.2
17.415.60.5270.51.9
1978MON23
157
22.318.90.5421.3
2.9
22.318.60.5461.53.1
1979MON24
154
22.718.90.5461.4
3.0
21.018.70.5290.72.2
1980MON25
150
22.318.80.5431.3
2.9
22.218.00.5531.73.2
1981MON26
103
17.813.50.5691.8
3.0
17.012.20.5822.03.2
1982MON27
147
23.917.20.5823.0
4.5
22.417.70.5582.03.5
1983MON28
159
23.220.10.5361.1
2.6
24.019.30.5551.93.4
1984MON29
138
20.118.20.5250.0
1.5
18.816.90.5270.11.4
1985MON30
139
20.717.60.5401.0
2.5
16.915.80.5160.11.3
1986MON31
130
16.416.70.496-0.7
0.5
17.716.00.5250.21.4
1987CHN32
153
23.020.30.5310.5
2.2
22.118.70.5410.92.5
1988CHN33
157
21.618.90.5330.5
2.0
22.219.00.5390.72.3
1989CHN34
118
15.213.10.5370.6
1.6
14.713.50.5220.21.2
1990CHN35
147
19.820.20.495-0.7
0.7
19.517.70.5240.41.8
1991CHN36
149
16.616.80.498-0.7
0.6
18.416.80.5230.11.5
1992CHN37
143
18.017.70.505-0.3
1.1
18.216.20.5290.51.8
1993BOS38
121
11.211.20.501-0.1
1.2
10.411.10.486-0.40.8
1994BOS39
75
5.87.10.452-0.8
-0.0
5.36.40.452-0.8-0.0
1995FLO40
79
6.07.60.442-1.0
-0.5
6.17.30.455-0.9-0.3
1996FLO41
42
1.72.00.452-0.2
0.0
1.41.60.467-0.10.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,624
347.4313.80.5257.3
33.3
340.6300.10.53211.036.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
15
1.22.30.342 -0.51.41.80.430 -0.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,639
348.6316.10.525
32.8
342.0301.90.532 36.0


Andre Dawson's Career
Player wins are generally on the same scale as traditional pitcher wins, so that 300 career pWins is somewhat comparable to 300 pitching wins. So far, there are a total of 76 major-league players who have accumulated 300 or more pWins over games for which Retrosheet has released play-by-play data.

As can be seen in the first table of this article, this includes Andre Dawson, who amassed more than 350 career pWins. The next table shows the top 25 players in career pWins among players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Hank Aaron492.5372.942.277.9
2Barry Bonds462.1315.160.390.8
3Willie Mays460.1335.249.681.8
4Pete Rose Sr.437.9394.811.144.1
5Rickey Henderson426.7353.328.759.4
6Carl Yastrzemski426.5363.217.950.8
7Stan Musial420.9312.139.969.4
8Frank Robinson395.0304.230.459.8
9Dave Winfield392.9343.214.844.6
10Cal Ripken383.3350.728.256.5
11Al Kaline378.0302.324.752.8
12Joe L. Morgan374.0292.346.272.7
13Alex Rodriguez373.9297.242.569.5
14Ted Williams369.6253.644.569.9
15Derek Jeter369.4322.233.460.1
16Robin Yount367.2345.618.546.1
17Reggie Jackson367.1298.325.654.1
18Mel Ott361.9264.736.963.1
19Craig Biggio358.5325.417.344.0
20Nolan Ryan356.9328.124.655.8
21Warren Spahn354.2293.643.871.8
22Brooks Robinson354.2310.516.743.4
23Roberto Clemente352.6299.213.339.7
24Mickey Mantle351.8230.750.273.9
25Andre Dawson347.4313.87.333.3


Raw pWins are not necessarily the best measure for comparing players. Earning 350 career pWins is an impressive accomplishment, but, when looking at pWins over either positional average (pWOPA) or replacement level (pWORL), Dawson looks somewhat less impressive than those around him in the above table. This is, however, perhaps somewhat misleading, as Andre Dawson's career lasted long beyond the time when he was an above-average player, but it seems wrong to "punish" Dawson for playing major-league baseball until he was 41 years old.

Andre Dawson's Peak
In fact, Andre Dawson, at his best, was an outstanding ballplayer - a .300 hitter with 25-30 HR power, a brilliant baserunner, and a Gold Glove centerfielder. Unfortunately, Dawson's knees began to give out on him (hurt at least in part by the artificial turf at Olympic Stadium in Montreal), his baserunning deteriorated, he moved from center field to right field, and he spent most of his 30's as a pretty good, but not exactly Hall-of-Fame caliber, player.

But at his best, Andre Dawson was every bit a Hall-of-Fame centerfielder. The next table shows the top 10 players in pWins over positional average and replacement level from 1978 through 1982.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 10 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Robin Yount98.680.513.2
20.2
1Mike Schmidt107.477.113.1
20.3
2Steve Carlton85.566.913.2
19.3
2Robin Yount98.680.513.2
20.2
3Mike Schmidt107.477.113.1
20.3
3Steve Carlton85.566.913.2
19.3
4Ron Guidry68.148.510.6
16.0
4Andre Dawson109.187.28.8
16.3
5Eddie Murray91.066.410.2
16.3
5Eddie Murray91.066.410.2
16.3
6Amos Otis89.869.49.7
15.8
6Ron Guidry68.148.510.6
16.0
7George Brett85.466.59.0
14.8
7Amos Otis89.869.49.7
15.8
8Lou Whitaker83.369.98.8
14.7
8Dave Concepcion96.685.48.6
15.6
9Andre Dawson109.187.28.8
16.3
9Willie Randolph89.176.48.7
15.1
10Willie Randolph89.176.48.7
15.1
10George Brett85.466.59.0
14.8


Andre Dawson was one of the best players in major-league baseball over this 5-year stretch. As measured by pWORL, he was the 4th-best player in MLB over this time period. Like Dawson, the three players ahead of him have all been elected to the Hall of Fame.

Andre Dawson's Place in Montreal History
Andre Dawson's Hall-of-Fame plaque shows him wearing a Montreal Expos cap. I live in Chicago and when it was announced that Dawson would wear an Expos cap on his plaque, there was a great deal of disappointment that he wouldn't wear a Chicago Cubs cap. While it's true that Dawson won his only MVP award with the Cubs (in 1987), the top 5-7 seasons of Dawson's career came as a member of the Montreal Expos.

The next table shows the top 10 players in Montreal Expos history, as measured by career pWins over replacement level earned as a member of the Expos.

Player pWins pLosses pWinPct pWOPA pWORL
Steve Rogers171.3159.90.51713.126.9
Andre Dawson208.3178.90.5389.624.3
Tim Raines Sr.202.3174.70.5377.321.5
Gary Carter163.0145.60.5288.920.7
Tim Wallach209.1197.60.5141.917.2
Dennis Martinez96.389.30.5198.116.4
Vladimir Guerrero151.0130.50.5364.415.7
Larry Walker90.671.60.5596.913.2
Javier Vazquez78.276.20.5065.012.6
Jose Vidro113.1108.00.5123.011.9


Andre Dawson rates as the best position player in Montreal Expos history.

Interestingly, while two of the top four players in Expos history are the only two players whose Hall-of-Fame plaques show them wearing Expos caps (and I hope player #3, Tim Raines joins them soon), the best player in Montreal Expos history, as measured by pWORL, was never a serious Hall-of-Fame candidate: in fact, Steve Rogers never received a single Hall-of-Fame vote. Helping Rogers out in the above table, he is the only one of the ten players listed who played his entire major-league career for the Montreal Expos.

Andre Dawson's Hall-of-Fame Case
So, in summary, Andre Dawson was one of the top 25 players of the past 80 years in terms of his raw contributions to team wins. He was one of the top 5 or 10 players in major-league baseball during his 5-year peak. And, he was the best position player in the history of the Montreal Expos franchise.

. All of which adds up to a deserving Hall-of-Famer.



All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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