Re: Bill James:"Dwight Evans belongs in Cooperstown" : An open letter to the Hall of Fame
posted at 2/10/2012 10:16 AM EST
In Response to Re: Bill James:"Dwight Evans belongs in Cooperstown" : An open letter to the Hall of Fame
[QUOTE]Space, I have to respectfully disagree with you on this. I feel the same about Evans as you, but Walker had a great career, too. He had tremendous OBPs, especially later in his career, when his BAves were not as high. A lot of James's reason for choosing Evans over Cedeno and Parker was that Evans got on base much more. Well, so did Walker. And Walker won 7 gold gloves, to Evans's 8. Gotta think Walker belongs in the discussion. Would love to see James investigate his (Walker's) merits.
Posted by parhunter1[/QUOTE]
Yeah, sorry Par. I was a little hard on Walker. No disrespect at all. Walker was a gamer and a fantastic ballplayer. But, in my baseball consciousness, there is no comparison (or, I should say, the comparisons end at their respective pretty darn good offensive numbers). And, I am not taking anything away from Walker in the field. He was no slouch by any means. But Evans was transcendent. His ghost still roams Fenway RF. So much so, in fact, that I defended JD Drew tirelessly over his tenure with the Red Sox ... merely because his excellent reads and easy, loping stride sometimes made Dewey's ghost visible to me.
Again, no disrespect to Walker. He deserves to at least be in a Cooperstown discussion, for sure. But, the difference to me comes down to: there are a lot of guys with excellent O stats and respected all-around games who don't make the hall. But, granted there are many old-time players I never got to see play right field, Evans, in my eyes, is The Best Right-Fielder Ever. That is a title deserving of the Hall.