Our long international nightmare is over:
After attending the annual B.A.T. banquet in New York Tuesday night, [Andre] Dawson sent the following text to The Tribune: “Hall will issue a press release (Wednesday) announcing that I will go in as an Expo.”
While Dawson may have enjoyed more general fame as a Cub, he played 1443 games in Montreal vs. 867 in Chicago and was a Gold Glove centerfielder. If he had retired to become a shepherd in 1987, people would forever play the “what if” game, talking about how a very special player had hung it up in his prime. If his Cub career somehow stood alone and ended as abruptly, people would remember him as good but not spectacular power hitting corner outfielder, kind of like David Justice or someone. I think that takes care of it.
But the real question remains: now that he’s not going in as a Cub, is the team going to be petty and not retire his number?
Red Sox DH Hanley Ramirez announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he underwent surgery — left shoulder arthroscopy and debridement, per Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the operation is considered relatively minor.
Ramirez, 33, has been dealing with shoulder issues for a while, which explains his lackluster regular season numbers. He hit .242/.320/.429 with 23 home runs, 62 RBI, and 58 runs scored in 553 plate appearances. He turned things on in the postseason, though, racking up eight hits in 15 trips to the plate in the ALDS against the Astros.
Ramirez should be good to go heading into spring training. He has one more guaranteed year left on his contract at $22 million and has a vesting option for the 2019 season worth another $22 million.
Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez also had surgery, Britton reports. The procedure was right knee patellofemoral ligament reconstruction and it was performed by Dr. James Andrews. Rodriguez has a six-month timetable, which Britton estimates will allow him to make his 2018 regular season debut around the All-Star break.
Rodriguez, 24, posted a 4.19 ERA with a 150/50 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings this past season. He’ll be entering his first of four years of arbitration eligibility this offseason.