For the last several seasons, Hall of Famer Andre Dawson has worked for the Marlins organization as a special assistant in baseball operations.
When Derek Jeter’s group bought the Marlins, they clumsily fired Dawson and several other longtime front-office assistants including Hall of Famer Tony Perez and “Mr. Marlin” Jeff Conine, only to rescind those firings shortly after. Late in October, Perez and Dawson decided to leave the Marlins.
Monday, we got some good news about the former Cub star:
The Miami #Marlins loss is the Chicago #Cubs gain as #HOF Andre Dawson, one of classiest men in #MLB, about to officially rejoin organization— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 20, 2017
Nightengale is certainly correct about Dawson’s class, always shown on and off the field. Nothing has yet been announced by the Cubs about what his role will be, though I suspect “special assistant” will likely be the case. I’ll update this post when there’s more information.
Dawson played six years for the Cubs (1987-92), hitting .287/.327/.504 with 174 home runs and won the National League MVP award in 1987. Here’s one of his most famous homers with the Cubs, his 47th of 1987, in his final Wrigley at-bat of that year:
Andre Dawson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2010. More on his HoF career here.
Welcome back, Andre. You’ve been missed.