If you are a Red Sox fan over the age of 40, chances are the real #24 in your heart for the Boston Red Sox belongs to Dwight Evans. Evans is arguably the greatest right fielder in Red Sox history, but will he ever get into the Hall of Fame?
Dwight Evans appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot three times. In 1997 he received just over 5% of the vote barely hanging on to be on the 1998 ballot where he received his highest number of votes at just under 11%. 1999 would be his last year on the ballot as he received just 3.8% of the votes. While most feel his very slim chances of induction died in 1999, some feel the Veteran's Committee could vote him in. ESPN Senior Writer David Schoenfield is one of those people. Schoenfield wrote a piece for ESPN where her predicted each HOF classes through the year 2045. He predicts Evans will make his way to Cooperstown in the year 2023 along with Jeff Kent. Schoenfield writes this about Evans and his Hall of Fame chances:
Dwight Evans? OK, let's talk Dwight Evans. Criminally underrated. Better in his 30s than his 20s, he wasn't viewed as a future Hall of Famer while active. Won eight Gold Gloves, with one of the strongest right-field arms you'll ever see. More runs scored than Rod Carew, Tony Gwynn, Barry Larkin or Andre Dawson. More RBIs than Johnny Bench, Mike Piazza, Duke Snider or Roberto Clemente. A higher career WAR than Dawson, Snider, Dave Winfield, Billy Williams, Willie Stargell or Jim Rice, just to name a few Hall of Fame outfielders who have been elected by the BBWAA. There's a sound sabermetric case for him.