In the early years of Larry Walker’s inclusion on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, a writer who once covered Walker wrote about how much he enjoyed watching Walker’s skills in action, but that he wasn’t a Hall of Famer because he wasn’t serious enough about the game.

A few years later, when the writer wanted to talk to Walker, he apologized for what he had written, but the damage had been done. Continue reading “The Walker Files: Walker Biggest HOF Oversight”

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It won’t be for another 23 days – January 24 – that the National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce the Class of 2018 for induction next July. Ballots from veteran members of the Baseball Writers Association of America had to be postmarked by midnight Dec. 31. But there’s one thing I have come to accept.

Larry Walker, easily the most complete player I have seen in the 43 seasons I have covered big-league baseball, won’t be among the inductees. But there is hope. Sure he only has two years of eligibility for the BBWAA voters to give him his due, but for the first time in the eight years he has been on the ballot there are early indications that he is starting to gain some traction. Continue reading “HOF: My Ballot, Walker Gaining Ground”

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