Dawson, Grace miss the Hall
There will be two new players inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer - neither were former Cubs. I say congratulations to Jim Rice and Ricky Henderson, two deserving players.
Andre Dawson received 67% of the vote, coming short yet again. Considering the weakness of next year's candidates, there's a decent chance that he'll finally get over the hump and be inducted, but his failure every year is a fine example of how stupid the whole process is. If Dawson gets inducted in 2010, then shouldn't he have been worthy in 2009? And 2008? Will the baseball historians discover a "lost season" in which the new-found numbers pad the Hawk's stats enough to make him a no-brainer?
I guess what I'm saying is that either a player has the numbers or he doesn't. If he eventually gets in, then he should've gotten in during Year One of his eligibility.
Oh, and Mark Grace failed to garner even 5% of the vote, meaning his name will not even be on the list again. I'm sure there are a few boisterous women out there who cried tears of frustration when they saw that he only received a couple dozen votes.