Derek Jeter, one vote shy of being unanimous, was also voted into the Hall of Fame on Tuesday night. Walker, Jeter, Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller make up the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame class.
Walker spent most of his career with the Colorado Rockies, but he originally broke into the majors with the Montreal Expos. He also spent time with the St. Louis Cardinals. He won the 1997 Most Valuable Player Award, three Gold Gloves, and he made five All-Star Games.On Tuesday, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced its most recent Hall of Fame election results. Per the rules, a player needs at least 75 percent of the vote in order to be enshrined, and at least five percent to remain on the ballot. Players are limited to 10 years on the ballot before their candidacy becomes subject to the whims of a Veterans Committee. No player had as much at stake as Larry Walker, who faced a close call in what was his 10th and final year on the ballot.Walker finished his career having hit .313/.400/.565 (141 OPS+) with 383 home runs and 230 stolen bases. He accumulated 72.7 Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball-Reference’s calculations. It’s worth noting that Walker’s total and peak WAR tallies were right in line with the average right fielder already inducted into Cooperstown.