Evans won six Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers. His OPS numbers were always solid but his traditional "power numbers" of home runs and RBI were somewhat inconsistent due to the fact he missed chunks of seasons here and there, so his 385 home runs didn't seem like enough to Hall of Fame voters, which is why he never made it into the Hall. Today, it's clear that he probably belongs there, though, and he was easily one of the best Red Sox players of all-time. He's a fan favorite even now years after his playing days. He probably should have been a career Red Sox player, but he decided to hang on for an extra year in 1991 with the Orioles, and only produced about 0.8 WAR in 101 games (though he did have a .393 OBP!)
Evans had a chance at two World Series victories in both 1975 and 1986, and was one of the team's most valuable players for many years. His #24 uniform probably should have been retired (although for many years the Red Sox required that the player enter the Hall of Fame for that, until retiring Johnny Pesky's #6 a few years ago). A lot of people weren't happy when Manny Ramirez took his #24, and though I never saw Evans play myself, I can understand why. Of course, Manny, for all his faults, did give a lot to Boston, and Evans being the classy gentleman he is didn't seem to mind. I still hope they retire #24 for him someday, even if he never makes it into Cooperstown. He deserves to be there.
Best wishes to you, Dewey!
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