Baseball Hall of Fame countdown: Despite Larry Walker’s greatness, Coors Field could impact chances

Baseball Hall of Fame countdown: Despite Larry Walker’s greatness, Coors Field could impact chances

January 11, 2019

USA TODAY Sports is counting down the top 10 candidates on the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot in advance of the Jan. 22 election results. The countdown is based on voting by our power rankings panel, which includes five Hall voters.

No. 7: Larry Walker

An all-time great for two different franchises, Walker spent 17 seasons in the majors and is one of 19 players in baseball history in the exclusive 300/400/500 club – with a .313 career batting average, .400 on-base percentage and .565 slugging percentage in at least 1,000 games.

Walker combined power hitting with speed and superb defense – winning three National League batting titles, one home run crown, seven Gold Gloves, three Silver Sluggers and an NL MVP award.

The British Columbia native broke into the majors with the Montreal Expos and made the first of his five All-Star appearances in his third full season. However, his career blossomed after he signed as a free agent with the Colorado Rockies in 1995 as the third-year franchise was moving into its new home, Coors Field.

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