Announcing the final candidates for the American League Most Valuable Player Award.
Harold Baines, Dwight Evans, and Rickey Henderson were the three players named as possible winners of the award.
Baines led the American League in OPS (1.059) and Slugging (.647) as well as Triples (9) and Runs Created (61).
He also placed 2nd in Batting Average (.345), On-Base % (.412), Total Bases (150) and Total Average (1.113) while finishing among the league’s top 10 in Home Runs, Hits, Runs Batted In and Extra Base Hits.
He struck out just 32 times against 27 walks, appearing in 58 games for the White Sox.
Evans was one of just 14 players in the AL to play in all 64 games, finishing among the league leaders in several offensive categories while also playing Gold Glove-caliber defense in right field.
He placed 3rd with 53 Runs Batted In and 2nd in Extra Base Hits (37) and Runs Created (55).
He was also among the American League’s top 10 in Slugging, OPS, Total Bases, Hits, Doubles, Triples, and Home Runs.
On the down side, he grounded into 12 double plays – also among the league’s highest marks.
Evans is the sole candidate to come from a team which had a winning record.
The charismatic Henderson led the league in Batting Average (.355), On-Base % (.441), Stolen Bases (34) and Total Average (1.242).
He finished 10 points above Baines in Batting Average and 29 in On-Base %.
Like Evans, he may be in line for a Gold Glove award for left field in a few weeks from now.
His .994 OPS was 2nd only to Baines, and he was also among the league leaders in Slugging %, Runs Scores, Hits, Doubles, Walks and Runs Created.