Mar 1, 2010
non-HOF Profile Derby #12: Darrell Evans
Next, a third baseman in a similar stats mold as Bobby Grich,Darrell Evans(1969-1989)
Place on the WAR chart: : Below Billy Williams and Willie Stargell and above Joe Medwick and Hank Greenberg
Career Overview and Some Numbers:Played for Atlanta(69-76,89), San Francisco (76-83), and Detroit(84-88). Like many 3rd baseman, he's overlooked in the HOF debate. He's one of the few players from the pitching era(1970s and 1980s) with 400+ HRs who is not under further consideration. Led the league in HRs once (at the age of 38) and BB twice. Had 4 30+ HR seasons, 8 90+ BB seasons, and 4 135 OPS+ seasons. Also was a 3 time all-star.
Best Season: 1973: Hit .281/.403/.556 (156 OPS+) with 41 HR, 104 RBI, 114 runs, and a league-leading 124 BB.
The Final Numbers::Hit .248/.361/.431(119 OPS+) with 414 HR, 1354 RBI, 1344 R with a 1605 BB (12th all time)/1410 K ratio
Why He Should be Remembered:A strong player for many not-so-good teams. There weren't many players whose prime spanned the 70s that had multiple 40 HR seasons. He's underrated because of his low batting averages,including a couple years in his late 20s. A strong all-around player who had some star quality years, and was also above average 17 out of 19 full seasons.
HOF Balloting Performance:Received 1.7% of the vote in 1995.
Rookie Card:1970 Topps 621
Modern Cards:2003 and 2004 Topps Retired Signature Auto, 2001 Upper Deck Decade 70s Bat Card, 1999 Fleer Greats of the Game Auto