- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 210 lb.
Bill Evers was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the June 1975 amateur draft, the Cleveland Indians in the January 1976 amateur draft, and finally by the Chicago Cubs in June in 1976. He was a catcher and first baseman in the Cubs' system from 1976 to 1979, hitting .250.
Evers was the minor league catching instructor for the Cubs in 1980 and held the same post with the New York Yankees from 1981 to 1985. He coached the Clinton Giants in 1986 before beginning his managing career.
Evers managed the Durham Bulls for eight seasons and lead the team to six playoff berths since joining the International League in 1998. The first Triple-A manager the Bulls have ever known, he has led the Bulls to five South Division Titles, four Governor's Cup Finals berths and back-to-back Championships (2003-04). He is one of just six managers to lead his clubs to consecutive IL Crowns. In 1997, Evers' second year with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization, he led St. Petersburg to the best record in the Florida State League (81-56) and secured his third title when the D-Rays defeated Vero Beach in the finals. Prior to joining St. Pete., Evers managed the Rays' GCL entry in 1996.
The New York, NY native spent 19 years as a minor league skipper, having spent six years with the San Francisco Giants organization (1987-1992) and three seasons in the New York Yankees' chain (1993-1995). In 1995, Evers' only other season in the IL, he managed Columbus to a 71-68 record. Bill has led ten clubs to playoff berths and posted back-to-back Texas League Titles with Shreveport (1990 & 1991) - giving him five in his career. Evers has compiled a 1,381-1,206 record (.534) as a manager.
Evers was a bench coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2006-2007. He was a scout for the Rays in 2008-2009 and the minor league field coordinator (with Jim Hoff) in 2010-2011. In 2019, he returned to the majors as a coach on the staff of newly appointed Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, who had known him from their days together on the Devil Rays. His primary duty was as the catching coach. In June 2020, he and fellow coach Bob McClure were asked to sit out the season that was about to resume after being shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, due to concers over his health history. He resumed his duties in 2021.
His son, Billy Evers, pitched in the Rays organization from 2004-2006.