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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Hall of Famer Andre Dawson was almost a Royal

The Hawk couldn’t fly fast enough for the Royals.

“When I was in high school, I was introduced to a guy who told me about the Royals Academy,” Dawson said of the now-defunct facility in Fort Myers, Fla., that trained young players and produced the likes of Frank White and Ron Washington.

“It was just after I had my knee surgery in football. I went out on a fluke to see what it was about. I was one of about 60 kids participating, but only one of four invited for the final day. I talked to a scout who worked for the Academy, and he said, ‘You’re probably not going to make the Academy because you didn’t run the 60-(yard dash) fast enough.’ ”

Dawson thought his time was sufficient, considering he was still wearing a protective knee brace. But he was not invited back by the Royals and decided to enroll at Florida A&M, from which he was taken by the Montreal Expos in the 11th round of the 1975 draft.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2012 at 02:01 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The District Attorney Posted: July 08, 2012 at 07:47 PM (#4176299)
Dawson thought his time was sufficient, considering he was still wearing a protective knee brace. But he was not invited back by the Royals and decided to enroll at Florida A&M, from which he was taken by the Montreal Expos in the 11th round of the 1975 draft.
And his knees never bothered him again.
   2. Bob Tufts Posted: July 08, 2012 at 09:24 PM (#4176461)
and do not forget UL Washington!
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2012 at 11:11 PM (#4176627)
UL always gets overlooked but he's probably the most successful story from the Royals Academy. Frank White and Ron Washington at least played ball in high school. UL Washington AFAIK was a football player who was fast and joined the Royals Academy because his brother urged him to and learned to play a competent shortstop. That was kind of the point of the Academy - to turn non-baseball players into baseball players.
   4. Ray (RDP) Posted: July 08, 2012 at 11:35 PM (#4176656)
Hall of Famer Andre Dawson was almost a Royal


I know Francoeur is struggling to get his OBP to .300 again but this would have been rather extreme.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: July 09, 2012 at 06:59 AM (#4176747)
11th round of the 1975 draft.

Pretty good pick there. :-)

He was the 250th pick. Needless to say, he has the most WAR of any #250 ever. #2 is Kevin Kobel with 2.2 WAR. That's it for positive WAR. Only 4 have ever made the majors.

#402 has Pujols and John Lowenstein and 2 other positive WAR players.
   6. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: July 09, 2012 at 07:05 AM (#4176748)
Tim Lincecum is, by far, the greatest 1408th pick in the history of the MLB draft. Justin Atchley (0.0 WAR) is the only other big leaguer taken 1408th.

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