FAVORITE BRAVES PLAYERS OF THE 1980'S
#73 DARRELL EVANS
ATLANTA BRAVES 1969-1976, 1989
During the Braves late 80's doldrums, the team actually put together a fairly productive bench of reserve players. These players were dubbed "The Bomb Squad" by former all-star Ted Simmons and charter member of the "BS." For my version of the Bomb Squad, I use the phrase in more general terms for eighteen players the Braves got at the wrong end of their career during that decade.AND ON THE LIST WITHIN A LIST...
|Darrell Evans 1989|
COMING IN AT #18 ON THE LIST-
"THE BOMB SQUAD: 1980'S FORMERLY PRODUCTIVE
MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS THE BRAVES ACQUIRED
NEAR THE END OF THEIR CAREER"...Darrell Evans
Career: Hit over 130 home runs with three different teams during his career (Braves, Giants, Tigers), 2-time all-star, led AL in homers in 1984. Led NL in walks in 1973 and 1974 with the Braves. One of three Braves to hit 40 home runs in 1973 (with Dave Johnson and Hank Aaron).
The Bomb squad: Unlike the other bomb squad members on this list, Darrell had some very productive years as a Brave for part of his career. He was dealt away in 1976 in what turned out to be an ill-advised trade to the Giants for Willie Montanez. By the time he returned to the Braves in 1989, he managed to hit only .207 with 11 homers in limited playing time. He retired after that season and I admit that I'm glad he finished his career in a Brave uniform.
|Darrell Evans 1973|