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15.  Dwight Evans
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 3, 1951 in Santa Monica, CA USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 16, 1972
  • Final Game: October 06, 1991
  • Gold Glove - 1976
  • Gold Glove - 1978
  • Gold Glove - 1979
  • Gold Glove - 1981
  • Silver Slugger - 1981
  • Gold Glove - 1982
  • TSN All-Star - 1982
  • Gold Glove - 1983
  • Gold Glove - 1984
  • TSN All-Star - 1984
  • Gold Glove - 1985
  • Silver Slugger - 1987
  • TSN All-Star - 1987
 
AB R H HR RBI SB AVG
8996 1470 2446 385 1384 780.272
 

Outside of Boston, it may be forgotten how good Dwight Evans was.  It could be because he played on teams with the more popular players, but Evans was a huge component in both the 1975 and 1986 World Series runs.

Starting off in an outfield with Fred Lynn and Jim Rice, Evans was essentially the number three man in the outfield but became a huge contributor with his defensive play in the field.  Year by year, his offensive numbers slowly began to improve and by the 1980’s, Evans was contributing with power and a huge amount of walks leading to very high On Base percentages.  That patience at the plate may have cost him sexy Batting Average numbers but he showed such a complete mastery of the game that this should be overlooked.

Evans was a very good player and posted excellent career numbers, but like so many on this list, he is the victim of being in the shadows of others and not having a monster year.  Evans quietly left the ballot in 1999, and despite high sabremetrical numbers, there seems to be little reason to think that Evans will be strongly looked at by the Veteran’s Committee.  This is too bad, as he at least deserves that glance.

Should Dwight Evans be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 82.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1997
  • Position: Outfield
  • Played For: Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 3 Time All Star (1978, 1981 & 1987)
    Gold Gloves (8) (1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 & 1985)
    Silver Slugger (2) (1981 & 1987)
    Highest On Base Percentage (1) (AL) (1982)
    Most Runs Scored (1) (AL) (1984)
    Most Total Bases (1) (AL) (1981)
    Most Home Runs (1) (AL) (1981)
    Most Walks (3) (AL) (1981, 1985 & 1987)
    Highest OPS (2) (AL) (1981 & 1984)
    Highest Win Probabilty Added (2) (AL) (1981 & 1987)
    Most Total Zone Runs (1) (AL) (1974)
    Highest bWAR by a Position Player (1) (AL) (1981)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes
    (AL: 1981, 3rd), (AL: 1982, 7th), (AL: 1987, 4th) & (AL: 1988, 9th)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Total Zone Runs)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 29. Walks: 1,391
    40. Games Played: 2,606
    52. Plate Appearances: 10,569
    64. Home Runs: 385
    70. Total Bases: 4,230
    74. At Bats: 8,996
    78. Runs Scored: 1,470
    80. Doubles: 483
    82. Runs Batted In: 1,384
    85. WAR for Position Players: 66.9
    85. Win Probabilty Added: 35.2
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1997: 5.9
    1998: 10.4
    1999: 3.6
  • Should be Inducted As A: Boston Red Sox

Should Dwight Evans be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 82.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.5%

Comments   

0 #2 Patrick Languzzi 2016-07-28 20:52
If you look at Evans' overall offensive stats and combine them with his defensive prowess. He's the "complete player".

Evans did things over a decade (which is the min req for induction into the HOF) both offensively and defensively combined that may never be duplicated. For example, 5 consecutive GG, Led the American league in HRs. Led ALL of MLB in extra base hits and times on base. ONLY player in MLB during the 80s to hit 20 or more HRs in 9 consecutive years.

Check out Evans' case at www.calltothehall.com
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0 #1 Darryl Tahirali 2016-07-18 23:50
Evans would be appreciated more today as an OPS guy who could get on base and hit with power: A shade under 1400 walks, on-base percentage nearly 100 points better than a decent .272 batting average, under the 500-mark for doubles and 400-mark for HR.
Drove in runs and scored them.

Excellent right fielder, although baseball-ref erence puts him at -4.6 for dWAR; Total Zone runs above average is 66 for all positions--p laying first base hurt him, but eight Gold Gloves might not.

I think he is a better overall candidate than Jim Rice, and JAWS ranks him at 15th for RF, just behind Tony Gwynn and ahead of Dave Winfield, Gary Sheffield, and others.

The Expansion Era Committee is already overtaxed, and Evans will probably continue to be overlooked. One of those guys who defines "bubble."
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