Larry Walker, 53, becomes just the second Canadian in history to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Considered to be one of the greatest New York Yankees of all time, former shortstop Derek Jeter was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, following a stellar career that saw him win five World Series rings with the Bronx Bombers.
Jeter and Walker will be inducted on July 26 at the Hall in Cooperstown along with catcher Ted Simmons and former players' association head Marvin Miller, who were voted in last month by the Hall's Modern Era Committee.
"As the first Canadian Hall of Famer ever inducted, I couldn't be prouder and happier to welcome my friend and fellow Canadian Larry Walker to the Hall!" he said.
Therefore, the multi-talented right wing was positively surprised that he had made it into the Hall of Fame and received 76.6 percent of the BBWAA votes.
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Bonds and Clemens have two more chances on the ballot, and if they're going to have any real surge, it doesn't seem likely until their final year.
And then there's Larry Walker, who received just 38 percent of the vote in 2018. Instead, the focus will turn to a number of holdovers, at least one of whom is inching closer to induction. "I was fortunate to play 20 years in NY, parts of 23 professionally, and a lot of thanks goes out to the Steinbrenner family", Jeter said Tuesday night.
"I was lucky to be by your side on the left side of the infield for so many years", Rodriguez wrote. And just last night, star third basemen Nolan Arenado told reporters he feels "disrespected" by general manager Jeff Bridich, who considered trading him and has done little to improve the talent around him. And he's not in the silly Hall of Fame. He was a 14-time All-Star and a five-time World Series champion. He won over 20 games six different years.
Walker is a career.313 hitter over 17 seasons, including 10 with Colorado. Two players got in. He recalled one play in. The hit was the 2,000th for Walker in his career. He died in November 2012 at age 95.