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Scott Thomas Dawes
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 163 lb.
Scott Dawes is a former Olympic player.
Dawes debuted in the Australian Baseball League at age 17 with the 1989-1990 Waverley Reds, going 0 for 1 as the backup to David Clarkson. In 1990-1991, he was 0 for 4 with two walks, a run and RBI. He hit .204/.271/.333 in semi-regular action in 1991-1992 and .245/.344/.321 in 1992-1993, still as a part-timer.
Dawes became a starter in 1993-1994 and hit .241/.346/.426. Starting ahead of Clarkson for the Australian national team in the 1994 Baseball World Cup, Scott was 3 for 18 with three walks and two doubles. He threw out 2 of 6 attempted base-stealers, had one passed ball and no errors.
Dawes batted .232/.331/.321 in 1994-1995, starting at catcher often; the other backstop, though, Dave Nilsson, took home the All-Star honors. In the finals, Dawes had a crucial two-run hit in the finale. The Victorian improved to .291/.411/.485 in 1995-1996. He was not chosen as an All-Star as Gary White and Vance Wilson were selected, but Dawes again made the Australian national team. He was MVP of the Olympic Qualifying series versus South Africa.
In the 1996 Olympics, Dawes did well as Australia's starting backstop, batting .235/.316/.706, with his four hits being two doubles and two home runs. He tied Andrew Scott for Australia's home run lead. Defensively, he had no errors or passed balls and threw out half of the six attempted base-stealers. Scott most notably went yard off Seth Greisinger.
Injury hampered Dawes with the Reds in 1996-1997 and he hit .270/.361/.373. He was better in 1997-1998 at .295/.394/.507 with 13 doubles, 6 home runs, 22 walks and 33 runs in 42 games. In the 1998 Baseball World Cup, he went just 1 for 10 with three walks and three passed balls as the backup to White.
Dawes put up a .313/.380/.427 line in 1998-1999. He then batted .355/.474/.387 for the Victoria Aces in the 1999-2000 International Baseball League of Australia. He tied for the league lead with 22 hits and was second to Gavin Fingleson in average. He did not make Australia's squad when they hosted the 2000 Olympics.
Dawes hit .412 with five runs in six games for the Aces in 2002. He later coached in Victoria.
- Flintoff & Dunn Australian Baseball Almanac
- Defunct IBAF site