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13.  Larry Walker
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: December 1, 1966 in Maple Ridge, BC CAN
  • Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: August 16, 1989
  • Final Game: October 02, 2005
  • Gold Glove - 1992
  • Silver Slugger - 1992
  • TSN All-Star - 1992
  • Gold Glove - 1993
  • Gold Glove - 1997
  • Most Valuable Player - 1997
  • Silver Slugger - 1997
  • TSN All-Star - 1997
  • Gold Glove - 1998
  • Gold Glove - 1999
  • Silver Slugger - 1999
  • TSN All-Star - 1999
  • Gold Glove - 2001
  • Gold Glove - 2002
 
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Entries on this list discuss the plight of Relief Pitchers.  Others discuss the merits of those who were accused of taking Performance Enhancing drugs.  With Larry Walker, the question will be to what extent playing in Coors Field did to pad his statistics.

It can’t be denied that playing in the thin air of Denver in a hitter’s paradise helped Larry Walker.  It helps almost every batter who hits there.  Still, Larry Walker was a throwback to past pure hitters and though he took advantage of his surroundings, well who wouldn’t?  Walker racked up Playstation numbers in Colorado, though he was far from a slouch in Montreal.  He was a seven time Gold Glove and though he was not a base stealing phenom, he was super intelligent on the base paths.

Beyond playing in Coors Field, Walker is inhibited by numerous injuries and he played over 140 games four times.  Had he played fifteen more games per season, he would be at a 2,500 hit milestone and would be very hard for the Hall to ignore.  Currently, Larry Walker is in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.  He might get into the far more prestigious American version, but it won’t be right away.

 

Should Larry Walker be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 65.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 8.7%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
  • Eligible In: Saturday, 01 January 2011
  • Position: Outfield
  • Played For: St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies, Montreal Expos
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Most Valuable Player (1) (NL) (1997)
    5 Time All Star (1992, 1997, 1998, 1999 & 2001)
    Gold Gloves (7) (NL) (1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001 & 2002)
    Silver Slugger (3) (NL) (1992, 1997 & 1999)
    Batting Titles (3) (NL) (1998, 1999 & 2001)
    Highest Batting Average (2) (NL) (1997 & 1999)
    Highest On Base Percentage (2) (NL) (1997 & 1999)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (2) (NL) (1997 & 1999)
    Most Doubles (1) (NL) (1994)
    Most Home Runs (1) (NL) (1997)
    Most Runs Batted In (2) (NL) (1996 & 1997)
    Highest OPS (2) (NL) (1997 & 1999)
  • Other Points of Note: Other Top Ten MVP Finishes: (Won the 1997 NL MVP)
    (NL: 1992, 5th) & (NL: 1995, 7th)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Most Hits)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Stolen Bases)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 12.   Slugging Percentage: .565
    16.   OPS: .965
    31.   Power-Speed#: 287.4
    38.   Win Probability Added: 51.5
    55.   On Base Percentage: .400
    56.   WAR for Position Players: 72.6
    66.   Home Runs: 383
    80:   Batting Average: .313
    88.   Doubles: 474
    88.   Intentional Walks: 117
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 2011: 20.3%
    2012: 22.9%
    2013: 21.6%
    2014: 10.2%
    2015: 11.8%
    2016: 15.5%
    2017: 21.9%
    2018: 34.1%
  • Should be Inducted As A: Colorado Rockie

Should Larry Walker be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 65.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 8.7%

Comments   

0 #4 Darryl Tahirali 2016-07-18 22:21
Quoting cheatotoole:
This one's easy: look at his away stats: .278/.370/.865. Pretty good, but not exactly the stuff of legends.

Yeah, pretty close to Frank Robinson's away line: .283/.376/.504/.881.

Good thing they count everything. Also, Walker spent nine years in Colorado, not his entire career, the first six of which were in Montreal's Olympic Stadium, not always hitter-friendly .
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+1 #3 Chuck Peterson 2016-03-06 01:40
Why would you not vote for a player just because he played at Coors Field? Does this mean NO ONE who plays there will ever get into the Hall of Fame? This sounds like a cop-out by voters.
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-1 #2 cheatotoole 2014-01-09 15:43
This one's easy: look at his away stats: .278/.370/.865. Pretty good, but not exactly the stuff of legends.
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-7 #1 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
Number one on my list of guys not in. come on he led the AL in wins in the 80's. And then he was ever more dominant at the end of his career in the playofss for the Twins and Blue Jyas. A four time world series chamion as the ace of the staff he was on. Name me 3 other pitchers who have done this. And if you can I guarantee you those guys are in the hall.
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