Between them, they have more than 46 years of major-leagu service. After so many years it seems each day brings the Orioles' Dwight Evans, and the Royals' George Brett and Kirk Gibson the possibility of reaching a new milestone. Tonight (7:35, HTS), with the Orioles attempting to avert a series sweep, is no different.
At 39 and in his 19th full major-league season, Evans is the elder statesman of the group. He is the active major-league leader in walks, needing only seven more to tie Reggie Jackson for 21st on the all-time list. Evans' next home run will be his 383rd, giving him sole possession of 29th place on the all-time list.
Evans, however, leaves the monitoring of his achievements to others. "I'm not a statistician," he said. "I don't even think about it. The only thing I read, basically, is what I've done against that pitcher tonight, because you can't really play and say, 'Well, if I do this, I'm going to pass this guy, and if I do that . . . ' You can't do that. That's the selfish way to play."