Dwight Evans

Position
Right Fielder
Years
1972-1991
Hall Rating
122
Hall of Stats
Inductee
Hall of Merit
Inductee
Dwight Evans Photo
Peak
49%
Longevity
51%

It’s not that Dwight Evans was a unique hitter. His 348.4 (Baseball-Reference) WAR Batting Runs have been matched by 89 other players. His fielding skills weren’t very unique, either. 194 players have more WAR Fielding Runs than Evans’ 66.3. But only 18 players in the history of the game have surpassed him in both categories.

Bill James referred to this combination of skills when he wrote an Open Letter to the Hall of Fame about Dwight Evans. He touched upon other reasons the Sox right fielder has been overlooked—such as his low batting average (with high OBPs), his defensive value (which is still hard for many voters to wrap their heads around), and the fact that his best offensive seasons came in his 30s (when his reputation was already established). You can add that his best season was actually a strike-shortened one. In 1981, Evans led the league (or tied) in homers, walks, total bases, and OPS. His legacy might be a bit different if he had another season with MVP-caliber numbers.

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Career Statistics

Win-Value Statistics
WAR WAA adjWAR adjWAA
About the stats
66.9 32.8 68.4 34.9
Run-Value Statistics
Bat Run DP Fld Pos
348 2 -6 66 -120
Season-by-Season Statistics
Year Team WAA WAR
1972 BOS 0.2 0.4
1973 BOS -0.2 0.9
1974 BOS 2.7 4.5
1975 BOS 3.4 5.1
1976 BOS 1.8 3.8
1977 BOS 1.1 2.0
1978 BOS 1.1 3.1
1979 BOS 1.8 3.7
1980 BOS 1.3 3.0
1981 BOS 5.2 6.7
1982 BOS 4.2 6.4
1983 BOS -0.5 1.2
1984 BOS 3.2 5.4
1985 BOS 2.0 4.1
1986 BOS 2.3 4.3
1987 BOS 2.6 4.7
1988 BOS 1.1 3.1
1989 BOS 0.9 3.0
1990 BOS -0.9 0.9
1991 BAL -0.5 0.6
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