SOURCE: Fields of Green Team

February 20, 2008 08:54 ET

Not All Old Major League Baseball Players Turn Gray; These Days, Some Are Turning Green

BURNABY, BC--(Marketwire - February 20, 2008) - Ewire -- At least that's the way Darrell Evans, former Detroit Tiger, Atlanta Brave and San Francisco Giant sees it. "After hitting 414 home runs, making two All-Star teams and winning a World Series ring with the Tigers in 1984, I think my greatest accomplishments and contributions are in front of me, not behind me," says Evans, 60.

"Every day, I look out the window at my home in Long Beach, California and, frankly, I get angry. I see the pollution, I smell it and I swear I can even taste it. Then I remember that it's only going to get worse. This is what I'm leaving my kids."

Rather than getting depressed, though, Evans got busy. The 21-year veteran called a sampling of his former major league ballplayer friends and wasn't surprised to learn that they shared his concerns. "The guys wanted to do something; they wanted to give back to the communities that supported them during their careers. To a man, they were worried for their kids."

Evans recently created the "Fields of Green Team," an association of former MLB players. "Who doesn't love that movie, 'Field of Dreams?'" he asks. "We borrowed the spirit of the film and turned it Green. Our ballfield is our website, www.fieldsofgreenteam.com. We've built it and now we know the folks will come."

The Fields of Green team goals are simple: Get more men involved in the Green movement. Teach them simple but important Green things to do each day. Raise money for Green causes that relate to baseball and find and recommend cutting edge Green products that will change the world.

"Guys are excited to deliver our message in their cities and regions. We are attracting more and more ballplayers every day," adds Evans, whom baseball historian and statistics guru Bill James has called "probably the most underrated player in baseball history."

Evans notes, "We are upset that some contemporary ballplayers have given baseball a black eye with the steroid scandal and the Mitchell Report. Heck, we played natural and we played for the love of the game. We intend to bring that honest passion to our activities as Fields of Green Team members and turn a black cloud into a Field of Green."

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