Jan 26, 2010

non-HOF Profile Derby #9: Dwight Evans

Next (winning the last poll with 5 votes), s sometimes overlooked all-around outfielder of the Red Sox by the name of Dwight "Dewey" Evans , (1972-1991.)

Place on the WAR chart: Below Ryne Sandberg and Goose Goslin and above Harmon Killebrew and Dave Winfield.

Career Overview and Some Numbers:A cannon-armed RF with power and plate discipline. He played for Boston (72-90) and Baltimore (91). He had decent contact ability with power, especially in Fenway Park (.505 SLG at home vs. .437 on the road for his career). He was a middle of the lineup hitter and exhibited a remarkable batting eye, walking 80 or more times in a season on 7 occassions. He also was a consistently above average fielder, roaming the green corridors of the Pesky Pole side of Fenway Park and making runners regret trying to take the extra base (157 outfield assists)

He was a 3 time all-star, 2 time Silver Slugger winner, 8 time Gold Glove winner, and finished in the top 10 of the MVP balloting 4 times (twice in the top 5). He led the league in walks thrice, runs once, HR once, OBP once, total bases once and OPS twice. His most similar comparisons for his career were Luis Gonzalez and Dave Winfield.

Best Season: 1981, the strike season at the age of 32, when he hit .296/.415/.522 with a league leading .937 OPS (162 OPS+), 85 BB, and 22 HR. He also had 84 R, 32 HR, 71 RBI.

The Final Numbers: Finished with 1384 RBI, 1470 runs and 385 HR. Hit .272/.370/.470 (127 OPS+) for his career. Also finished 27th all-time in walks with 1391.

Why He Should be Remembered: Remembered as the best throwing outfielder of his era, but also one of the driving forces on two versions of successful Red Sox teams, 1975 and 1986, especially in the 1986 World Series (.308/.400/.615). He also led the AL in HRs hit for the 1980s.

HOF Balloting Performance:1997 BBWAA ( 5.9%), 1998 BBWAA (10.4%), 1999 BBWAA ( 3.6%)

Rookie Card: 1973 Topps #614
Modern Cards: 2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Auto, 2004 Topps Legends Auto, 2002 Topps Archives Reserve #20, etc (there are many)

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