What Dwight Evans is saying about his second shot at the Baseball Hall of Fame

"This is something I cherish.”

Boston, MA--5/27/2018-- Alex Cora and Dwight Evans (R) chat before the start of the Red Sox alumni game. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

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Alex Cora and Dwight Evans chat before the start of the Red Sox alumni game. –(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

Red Sox legend Dwight Evans is going to have one more shot at the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

The Modern Era Committee listed Evans on the ballot for people it is considering for the vote on Dec. 8. Evans told Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe  he’s excited over the second chance. 

“I’m looking forward to whatever happens,” Evans said. “I’m still trying to take this all in. This is something I cherish.”

Evans is one of 10 players on the ballot for the Modern Era Committee. The other 9 people included are Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Lou Whitaker, and Marvin Miller.

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In Evans’s first go-around on the ballot voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America, he only lasted three years, being dropped from the ballot in 1999 when he failed to receive 5 percent of votes. 

Evans believes he has a better chance this time around thanks to a deeper understanding of his numbers (like his 67.1 WAR, higher than Jim Rice) that weren’t available when he was first on the ballot. 

“I hope they look at all those things,” Evans said. “They can measure so much now that we didn’t know about back then.”

Evans also doesn’t want to campaign for his Hall of Fame candidacy but believes his ability on defense should give him an edge. 

“I’d like to think I saved a lot of runs,” Evans said. “I won’t want to make my own case or pat myself on the back. But, hey, I’m out there. I think I had a good career when compared to other in my generation. I hope there’s a reward in that.”

Evans ended his career having played 2,606 career games over 20 seasons. He held a career batting average of .272 and launched 385 home runs. He’s also second all-time in games played with the Red Sox at 2,505, trailing only Carl Yastrzemski, who played 3,308 games in Boston. Evans won eight gold gloves, two silver sluggers, and was a member of three All-Star teams during the course of his career. 

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The Modern Era Committee will vote on the members of the ballot on Dec. 8, meaning Evans will have to wait until next month to uncover his Hall of Fame status.