Sodo Mojo’s Hall of Fame Ballot Series, Part 1
Vote 6- Larry Walker
Similarly to Edgar Martinez, Larry Walker‘s Hall of Fame case has been unfairly scrutinized for ridiculous factors. While Edgar’s candidacy was scrutinized for the position he played, Walker gets dinged for where he played.
Spending 10 year of his career in Colorado has led some lazy writers to claim he was just a product of his ball park. In reality, Walker is one of the best hitters of all time. Posting a career .313/.400/.565 slash over 17 seasons is an incredible feat.
Walker won 3 batting titles, 2 OBP titles, 2 slugging % titles, and an MVP. Bashing 383 home runs and 471 doubles, along with stealing 230 bases show Walker is an excellent all around offensive threat.
In addition to his offensive prowess, Walker also won 7 Gold Gloves (not saying a whole lot but still). Walkers 72.6 bWAR ranks 8th on this Hall of Fame ballot, and has gained the most votes this year, according the Ryan Thibodeaux. This all bodes well for Walker long-term, but he still has a long way to go.