Red Sox Great Dwight Evans Falls Short Of 2013 Expansion Era Ballot For Hall Of Fame

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By Patrick Languzzi (Cooperstown Correspondent)

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On November 4th the National Baseball Hall of Fame released the names of 12 candidates selected to the Expansion Era ballot of the Veterans Committee. 

The Expansion Era is composed of players, executives and managers who made their greatest career contributions between 1973 – present.

Of the 12 selected, any candidate receiving 12 of 16 votes, (seventy-five percent) will gain election into The National Baseball Hall of Fame with a ceremonial induction scheduled for July of 2014.

Dwight Evans Cannon For An Arm

Dewey had his best Post Season Series during the 1986 World Series with a .300/.400/1.015 3 Slash Line - with 2 HRs and 9 RBI in the 7 Game Series loss to the Mets.  For Evans fans, it’s been one clouded with disappointment.  Since the introduction of Sabermetrics, which favor player careers like Evans, this could have been his first opportunity at an election since dropping off the Baseball Writers Association of America’s (BBWAA) Ballot in 1999.

For Evans fans, it’s been one clouded with disappointment. Since the introduction of Sabermetrics, which favor player careers like Evans, this could have been his first opportunity at an election since dropping off the Baseball Writers Association of America’s (BBWAA) Ballot in 1999.

It will instead, be filled with players like Parker, Garvey, Simmons, Concepcion, John and Quisenberry.

Not to mention three of the greatest managers of their era, Torre, Cox and LaRussa, as well as executives and manager Miller, Steinbrenner and Martin.

During Evans’ 20-year major league career (1972 – 1991) no player in baseball reached base more than Dwight Evans 3890, and only Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson hit more home runs in the American League.

Evans is the only player in history to lead his league for an entire decade (80s) in home runs 256, all of Major League Baseball (MLB) in runs created 1067, and extra base hits with 605 as well as winning five straight Rawling Gold Glove Awards (81-85).

Evans was the best right fielder of his era for close to two decades (‘70s-80s). No right fielder in MLB won more Gold Glove Awards during that time than Evans with eight.

He currently ranks sixth all-time in most games played in right field with 2092.

Below is the list of players selected to the 2013 Expansion Era ballot.

Dave Parker – 19 seasons, .290 career average, 2712 hits, 339 HR, 1493 RBI and 1978 MVP honors. A seven-time All-Star with three Gold Gloves, three Silver-Slugger Awards and two batting titles.

Steve Garvey – 19 seasons, .294 career average, 2599 hits, 10-time All-Star with four Gold Gloves and the 1974 MVP Award. He twice led the league in hits (’78, ’80) was a two-time NLCS MVP and two-time All-Star game MVP Award winner.

Ted Simmons – 21 seasons, eight-time All-Star, .285 career average, 2,472 hits, 248 HR, 1,389 RBI.

Dave Concepcion – 19 seasons, nine All-Star appearances, 2,326 hits, 321 stolen bases, two Silver Slugger awards and five Gold Gloves. Concepcion is currently ranked 10th all-time in career assists at shortstop with 6,594.

Tommy John – 26 seasons (remarkable), four-time All-Star with a career 288-231 record and a 3.34 ERA. Five times he led the league in fielding percentage with a 1.000. He ranks eight all-time in career starts with 700 and three-times finished in the top five for the Cy Young Award.

Dan Quisenberry – 12 seasons, three All-Star appearances. 244 saves while finishing five-times in the top five for the Cy Young Award voting. Also led the American League in saves five-times.

Newly eligible candidates aside from Evans such as Keith Hernandez, Willie Randolph, Fred Lynn and Rick Reuschel just to name a few, will have to wait until 2016, the next time the Expansion Era ballot is scheduled to be released.

Dwight Evans would be revered in today's new sabermetric community.  The 8 Time Gold Glover, 2 Time Silver Slugger and 3 Time ALL - Star just didn't receive enough credit for the all around players he was back in the day.  Evans led the AL in Walks (3x), OPS (2x), PA (2x), GP (2x) OBP (1x), HRs (1x) and TB (1x).  The man features a Career 3 Slash of .272/.370/.840 - with 385 HRs and 1385 RBI and 5 top 10 AL MVP finishes.  Dewey had his best Post Season Series during the 1986 World Series with a .300/.400/1.015 3 Slash Line - with 2 HRs and 9 RBI in the 7 Game Series loss to the Mets.

Dwight Evans would be revered in today’s new sabermetric community. The 8 Time Gold Glover, 2 Time Silver Slugger and 3 Time ALL – Star just didn’t receive enough credit for the all around players he was back in the day. Evans led the AL in Walks (3x), OPS (2x), PA (2x), GP (2x) OBP (1x), HRs (1x) and TB (1x). The man features a Career 3 Slash of .272/.370/.840 – with 385 HRs and 1385 RBI and 5 top 10 AL MVP finishes. Dewey had his best Post Season Series during the 1986 World Series with a .300/.400/1.015 3 Slash Line – with 2 HRs and 9 RBI in the 7 Game Series loss to the Mets.

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