It took the maximum amount of 10 years, but Larry Walker will finally be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
The outfielder and first baseman was born and raised in Maple Ridge, and split his major league career between the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals.
He won an MVP award while with the lowly Rockies, but was always exceptional, both as a hitter (career .313 batting average) and as a fielder (seven Golden Glove awards).
You are only eligible to make the Hall of Fame for 10 years and Walker (somewhat inexplicably) was on the brink of not getting the call.
Even Walker himself was doubtful he’d make the cut.
He gathered support from 76.6 percent of the voters (players need 75 percent to get in) in his 10th year. That’s in contrast to long-time New York Yankee Derek Jeter, the other player to get in this year, who garnered 99.7 percent support.
(Psst. their stats weren’t all that different!)
Walker is only the second Canadian player to enter the Hall. Pitcher Fergie Jenkins of Chatham, Ont., was inducted in 1991.
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