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The results are in!
2020 was Larry Walker’s last year of eligibility on the Hall of Fame ballot. In those first years things looked bleak, but in recent years Walker had gained votes and finally in his tenth and final year on the ballot he reached the 75% threshold with 76.6.
Walker made his debut in 1989 with the Montreal Expos, spending six season there before signing with the Rockies in 1995. Cardinals fans likely remember him most for the two season he spent wearing the Birds on the Bat after the being traded by the Rockies after ten seasons with the team. In St. Louis at the age of 38 he batted .286 with a 134 OPS+ per Baseball Reference.
Those his time in St. Louis was only a moment of a very successful 17-season career that amassed 72.7 rWAR, five All Star appearances, seven Gold Gloves, three Silver Sluggers, three batting titles, and an MVP award, fans of the Cardinals still treasure it all the same. Walker will be enshrined wearing the cap of the Rockies, the team where he built his career, but St. Louis is where it came to a close. I will always remember the day the Cardinals traded for Larry Walker, future Hall of Famer.
Former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was also voted into the Hall of Fame.
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