Episode 73 - Darrell Evans
The only news we had to begin this episode was that the Braves' AAA team is now known as the Gwinnett Stripers, so we quickly got into our discussion of Darrell Evans. Bill James called him the most underrated player in baseball history. He was a quiet, unassuming third baseman who had a low batting average, but compensated with great power and a phenomenal batting eye. In 1973, he would have an incredible season for the Braves and was part of a good young core. Then, in 1976, he was traded after a slow start for Willie Montanez, who could hit .300, but not do much else. The trade, and many associated transactions, speaks a lot as to how the Braves ended up being so abysmal in the late 1970s.