In his book, “The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract,” Bill James described Darrell Evans as “probably the most underrated player in baseball history.”

James supported his argument by pointing out that while Evans had a low batting average (.248), he had a very high “secondary average,” which is a statistic Bill James uses to measure, well, everything else.

Whatever. I’ll take his word for it.

So in honor of Bill James and the underrated baseball player poster-boy Darrell Evans, I present the list of the 25 most underrated players in baseball history.

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