Andre Dawson was recently elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. He wanted to be inducted as a Chicago Cub. Instead, the HoF decided he would enter as a Montreal Expo. And that’s just not right.
If a player has performed at such a high level as to be enshrined in Cooperstown, he has earned the right to choose how he wishes to be depicted. However, I think there should be some general guidelines:
- The player must have played at least five years with the team
- The player must have reached some major milestone with the team (3000th hit, 500th HR, 300th win, MVP Award, etc)
Those two rules would ensure a player doesn’t just randomly select one team because he was unhappy with ownership/management of another team or something petty like that. But it does allow a player to have the final say, which makes perfect sense. Of course, it’s the baseball Hall of Fame, so sense isn’t always perfect and sometimes, like in this case, isn’t even common.
THERE IT IS!