Last week was a special week, besides being Thanksgiving, the Hall of Fame ballots were released to Baseball Writers of America (BBWA) voters. Voting results will be announced on January 6th.
Of course this is Andre's eighth, and hopefully final, time on the ballot.
I believe Andre's career statistics are reason enough for him to be inducted into the hall, its hard to tell if enough of the voters this year feel that way too, but if not, then they should look at the man behind the numbers if they need that final push to vote for him.
Anyone who has followed The Hawk's career knows how much effort he put into each and every game he played and his passion for being a role model to kids.
Last Tuesday, Andre gained the support of 500 more people I imagine when he represented the Florida Marlins along with pitcher Anibal Sanchez in handing out almost 500 turkeys to families in need in the Miami area at the Orange Bowl.*
That's the great thing about Andre; his caring nature didn't stop when he stepped off of the playing field for the last time. He has continued to speak to children in youth baseball programs, raise money for charitable causes and be a valuable member of the Miami community.
If negative traits such as gambling and steroid use can keep a player out, then why can't positive ones be a deciding factor of letting a player in?
BBWA voters - if you're going to punish the bad, then reward the good!
I wonder if anyone asked Andre to autograph their turkey.