Boston Red Sox top 25-man roster in franchise history
By Sean Penney
Career Stats: .272/.370/.470, 385 HR, 1384 RBI, 78 SB, 65.1 WAR
With Red Sox: .272/.369/.473, 379 HR, 1346 RBI, 76 SB, 64.3 WAR
Dwight Evans was a fixture on the Boston Red Sox roster for a total of 19 seasons from 1972-1990. He broke into the big leagues at just 20 years old and became one of the BoSox most reliable right fielders of all time. Throughout those years with the Sox, he was awarded eight Gold Gloves, nominated for five MVP awards, recognized as an All-Star three times and won two Silver Slugger awards.
This fan favorite also known as “Dewey” was not only Boston’s best right fielder, but one of the most consistent and reliable outfielders in MLB during his career. He had a laser-like throwing arm and maintained a .987 fielding percentage in right field over the 19 seasons in which he played at that position. Base runners knew not to try and go for that extra base when Evans had the ball. His superb fielding ability is most remembered by the amazing grab he made that ultimately robbed Cincinnati Reds’ Joe Morgan of a home run in the 11th inning of Game 6 in the 1975 World Series.
Evans played in an impressive 2,505 games for the Boston Red Sox. This is second most games ever played by someone in a Boston uniform, just behind the leading Carl Yastrzemski. Even though he is most known for his fielding skills, Evans did also demonstrate a consistent bat as well as extensive understanding of the strike zone. He currently ranks third all-time in walks for the Sox.
Throughout his time with Boston, Evans proved that he had outstanding fielding skills and a consistent bat. Fans, fellow players, and coaches alike will forever remember his success and commitment to this organization as Evans was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2000.
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