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86.  Darrell Evans
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: May 26, 1947 in Pasadena, CA USA
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 20, 1969
  • Final Game: October 01, 1989
  • TSN All-Star - 1973
 
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Talk about being forgotten.  Darrell Evans is one of the few eligible players to hit more than 400 Home Runs and not get elected to the Hall of Fame.  He actually never made it past the first ballot.  He only made the All Star Team twice.  He was a great fielder but Mike Schmidt won all the Gold Gloves at third.  He won a World Series with Detroit but was overshadowed by Whitaker, Trammell, Morris and Hernandez.  A lot of this may have happened because he had a lifetime Batting Average of .248.

Darrell Evans did get a lot of notoriety for being the oldest player to ever win a Home Run crown when he belted 40 at the age of 38.  He was always a consistent power hitter, but received a lot of flack from amateur statisticians for his low Batting Average.  Those who saw that, forgot to see how often Darrell Evans earned free passes as he walked an awful lot.  This was not due to pitchers granting him intentional walks, but due to a very keen and underappreciated batting eye.  Evans is currently twelfth all time in the Bases on Balls category.

If Darrell Evans had a Batting Average just ten points higher, would it make a huge difference?  Probably, as the sub .250 career average really hampers what was a great and consistent career.  He has been called one of the most underrated players in baseball history.  It is hard to argue that statement.

Should Darrell Evans be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 68.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 13.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 12.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.1%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Pasadena, California, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Sunday, 01 January 1995
  • Position: First Base, Third Base
  • Played For: San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 2 Time All Star (1973 & 1983)
    Most Home Runs (1) (AL) (1985)
    Most Walks (2) (NL) (1973 & 1974)
    Highest Defensive WAR (1) (NL) (1974)
    World Series Ring (1) (Detroit Tigers, 1984)
  • Other Points of Note: 3 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentages)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Hits)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Triples)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Runs Batted In)
    15 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Total Zone Runs)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive WAR)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 12. Walks: 1,605
    32. Games Played: 2,687
    47. Plate Appearances: 10,737
    52. Home Runs: 414
    59. Intentional Walks: 141
    66. Win Probability Added: 40.2
    70. At Bats: 8,973
    92. Runs Batted In: 1,354
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1995: 1.7
  • Should be Inducted As A: Atlanta Brave

Should Darrell Evans be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 68.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 13.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 12.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.1%

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