Dwight Evans up for Hall of Fame reconsideration

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By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com

Red Sox great Dwight Evans will once again be considered for enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, 20 years after falling off the writers ballot.

Evans is one of 10 candidates on the 2020 Modern Baseball Era ballot. A 16-member committee will vote on December 8 and any candidates who appear on 12 of the 16 ballots will be elected to the Hall of Fame.

The Modern Era committee is one of four Hall of Fame committees that reconsiders players who were not elected via the traditional writers ballot. Those panels also help elect contributors such as managers, executives, and umpires.

Evans fell off the ballot in 1999 after receiving 3.6 percent of the vote.

But Dewey seems like the type of player that would garner a strong reconsideration from a Hall committee. He was one of the better all around players of his era, hitting 385 home runs (three more than his teammate Jim Rice, who was inducted in 2009) and put up an .842 OPS (higher than Harold Baines, who was elected via a committee vote one year ago). His 67.1 WAR is just slightly below the Hall of Fame position player average of 69.

And there was no better defensive right fielder of his time.

Evans won eight Gold Gloves in his career and set the standard by which all Red Sox right fielders are judged defensively. Roberto Clemente (12), Ichiro Suzuki (10), and Al Kaline (10) are the only right fielders in history to win more Gold Gloves than Evans. Clemente and Kaline are in the Hall and Ichiro will be a first-ballot inductee.

Evans has spent the last two decades working as an instructor in the Red Sox minor league system.

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