Canadian Larry Walker takes his place among baseball’s greats in Hall of Fame vote — it was close


Larry Walker has made history by becoming the second Canadian inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Walker gained entry in his 10th and final year on the ballot. After receiving 65.5 per cent of the vote in 2019, the native of Maple Ridge, B.C., surpassed the 75 per cent threshold required to join the 2020 class alongside Yankees great Derek Jeter.

Walker appeared on 76.6 per cent of ballots — earning induction by six votes. Jeter, meanwhile, finished one vote shy of a unanimous selection.

“We are thrilled to learn that Larry Walker will become the second Canadian inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, joining the legendary Fergie Jenkins,” said Adam Stephens, head of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s board of directors.

The 53-year-old Walker retired in 2005 after spending parts of 17 seasons in the majors. He was a lifetime .313 hitter with 383 home runs and a .965 OPS, while earning five all-star nods and seven Gold Gloves. Walker’s career began in Montreal, but his best years were saved for Colorado, where he won three batting titles and made four all-star teams.

Walker is generally considered…

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