With David Ortiz heading into the Hall just a few short days from now ( July 24th ) For Many Red Sox fans of my generation and even the ones before and after, it’s a sin to not see Dwight “ Dewey ” Evans in sports most hallowed hall. The MLB Hall Of Fame is lesser for not having this man’s plaque prominently displayed in Cooperstown. How a man who had his career, lasts just three years on the ballot is the second sin in this story.

Dwight Evans played in 2,606 games over 20 seasons from 1972-91. All but one in Boston. He hit .272 with a .370 on-base percentage and a .470 slugging percentage. Dewey totaled 385 home runs and 1,384 RBI. He also won Eight Gold Gloves and was a three time All-Star. 

Outside of Boston Evans was often lost in a lineup that boasted the likes of  Jim Ed Rice – Yaz – Pudge Fisk – George Scott, and Fred Lynn. Not hard to do. I mean we are talking about four or five of the greatest Red Sox of all time. Three of them in the Hall themselves. That fact doesn’t make Evans snub any more easy to swallow for those of us who watched him patrol the hardest right field in major league baseball for two decades. Evans’ glove and arm were unparalleled in his time. 

If I asked you who had a higher OBP , Scored  more runs , hit more doubles and stole more bases Rice or Evans , who would you guess ? Of course you would answer Evans. That’s who this article is about, and you’re smart people. But 90% on the outside looking in would say Jim Rice. 

The Bat 

 

After a 20-year career, all but his last spent with Boston, Evans left his mark with 2,446 hits, 1,384 RBI, 385 home runs, a .272 career average, and a .370 career OBP. you’re telling me one more homer a year makes you a practical lock ? Paul Konerko 439 – Alfonso Soriano 412 – Dave Kingman 442 #KONG and of course the so called dirty seven: Bonds 762 – Alex Rodriguez 696 – Mark McGwire 583 – Palmeiro 569 – Sheffield 509 – Sosa 609 and Manny 555 – have not been elected to the Hall.. Dwight Evans hit more Home Runs than any player in the 80’s (256) 

Evans won two Silver Sluggers – Led the League in walks three times and was a three time all star. Don’t forget those golden gloves he took home. Only Carl Yastrzemski played in more games for the Red Sox (3,308) than Evans (2,505). The only right fielders I would take over him? Hank Aaron, Tony Gwynn, and Roberto Clemente. I’m convinced Evans would have won MVP in  81 if it wasn’t for the strike .296/.415 /.592 . he did finished top 11 in MVP voting 5 times. This man belongs. there are lesser ball players in. This is my hill to die on. 

 

 

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