Here’s some good news for Larry Walker: he would see a 12.2 percent increase in Hall of Fame votes this year.
The bad news, however? He’s still at just 34.1 percent. But more than that, he only has two more tries left to make it. At the very least, though, that 12.2 percent increase would be the highest of anyone on the ballot this year.
But barring a miracle surge over the next two years, that’s not going to be enough for Walker to make the cut. And that’s kind of a shame.
For starters, Larry Walker is an MVP. He’s also a five-time All-Star, and would tear the cover off the ball for the majority of his 17 seasons. And now, he doesn’t just owe that to Coors Field. In five-plus seasons with the Montreal Expos, he would slash .281/.357/.484 (.840 OPS). Coors would certainly aid his power surge, but from 28 years old through his age-36 season, Walker was simply remarkable. Over those nine seasons, the outfielder posted a triple-slash of .334/.425/.618 (1.043 OPS) with 252 dingers.
But that’s not all.
Over 144 games with the St. Louis Cardinals to close out his career, he would slash .286/.387/.520 with 26 dingers. Walker was 37 years old by the time his one-plus year stint it St. Louis began. It’s clear that he’s always been able to hit regardless of where he’s played. But that doesn’t seem to be enough in the eyes of the voters.