Commentary

The Andre Dawson HOF effect

If he's in, what does it mean for Andruw Jones, Jim Edmonds and more?

Originally Published: July 24, 2010
By Matt Klaassen | FanGraphs
Getty ImagesThe Hawk's Cooperstown entrance should help Andruw Jones get in down the road, too.

Andre Dawson's election to the Hall of Fame this weekend is being celebrated by many different groups: fans of the dearly departed Montreal Expos who witnessed Dawson at his peak, fans of the Chicago Cubs who enjoyed his somewhat-dubious 1987 MVP performance and many others who admired Dawson as much for his character as for his baseball ability.

One group should be added to this list: analysts eager for a "baseline" Hall of Famer, a player about whom one could say, "If this guy is in, any player whose career has been as good or better should be in."

Using Dawson as the baseline, what currently active outfielders are currently deserving of enshrinement in Cooperstown?