Cooperstown Choices: Larry Walker

With the Hall Of Fame election announcement coming on January 9, 2012, it is time to review the ballot, go over the names, and decide who belongs in the Hall Of Fame.

There are twenty seven men on the ballot this year and we will take a look at each one individually prior to official announcements. You can find all of the profiles in the I-70 Baseball Exclusives: Cooperstown Choices 2012 menu at the top of the page.

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In this article, we take a look at Larry Walker

Larry Walker
Walker spent 17 years as an outfielder for three different franchises. His debut came in 1989 for the Montreal Expos and retired as a St. Louis Cardinal in 2005. This is his second year on the ballot.

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1989 MON 20 47 4 8 0 0 0 4 1 5 13 .170 .264 .170 .434 26
1990 MON 133 419 59 101 18 3 19 51 21 49 112 .241 .326 .434 .761 112
1991 MON 137 487 59 141 30 2 16 64 14 42 102 .290 .349 .458 .807 127
1992 MON 143 528 85 159 31 4 23 93 18 41 97 .301 .353 .506 .859 142
1993 MON 138 490 85 130 24 5 22 86 29 80 76 .265 .371 .469 .841 120
1994 MON 103 395 76 127 44 2 19 86 15 47 74 .322 .394 .587 .981 151
1995 COL 131 494 96 151 31 5 36 101 16 49 72 .306 .381 .607 .988 130
1996 COL 83 272 58 75 18 4 18 58 18 20 58 .276 .342 .570 .912 116
1997 COL 153 568 143 208 46 4 49 130 33 78 90 .366 .452 .720 1.172 178
1998 COL 130 454 113 165 46 3 23 67 14 64 61 .363 .445 .630 1.075 158
1999 COL 127 438 108 166 26 4 37 115 11 57 52 .379 .458 .710 1.168 163
2000 COL 87 314 64 97 21 7 9 51 5 46 40 .309 .409 .506 .915 110
2001 COL 142 497 107 174 35 3 38 123 14 82 103 .350 .449 .662 1.111 160
2002 COL 136 477 95 161 40 4 26 104 6 65 73 .338 .421 .602 1.023 150
2003 COL 143 454 86 129 25 7 16 79 7 98 87 .284 .422 .476 .898 121
2004 TOT 82 258 51 77 16 4 17 47 6 49 57 .298 .424 .589 1.013 153
2004 COL 38 108 22 35 9 3 6 20 2 25 23 .324 .464 .630 1.093 166
2004 STL 44 150 29 42 7 1 11 27 4 24 34 .280 .393 .560 .953 143
2005 STL 100 315 66 91 20 1 15 52 2 41 64 .289 .384 .502 .886 130
17 Seasons 1988 6907 1355 2160 471 62 383 1311 230 913 1231 .313 .400 .565 .965 140
162 Game Avg. 162 563 110 176 38 5 31 107 19 74 100 .313 .400 .565 .965 140
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
COL (10 yrs) 1170 4076 892 1361 297 44 258 848 126 584 659 .334 .426 .618 1.044 147
MON (6 yrs) 674 2366 368 666 147 16 99 384 98 264 474 .281 .357 .483 .839 128
STL (2 yrs) 144 465 95 133 27 2 26 79 6 65 98 .286 .387 .520 .908 134
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/30/2011.

Why He Should Get In
Walker was known as a guy that could produce runs batted in and he did so to the tune of 1,311 in his career. He won three batting titles in his career and has a career average of .313. He has five All Star Games to his credit, three silver sluggers, the 1997 National League Most Valuable Player award, and seven Gold Glove Awards. He posted 383 home runs and 230 stolen bases as well as 2,160 hits and 471 doubles.

Why He Should Not Get In
Walker has a lot of really good numbers but not one outstanding one save his batting average. Ten years with the Colorado Rockies pre-humidor will have many writers question some of his career offensive numbers. One counting stat above and beyond the norm and he would be shoe-in.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball as well as the Assignment Editor for BaseballDigest.com.
He is the host of I-70 Radio, hosted every week on BlogTalkRadio.com.
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Author: Bill Ivie

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