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.
Walker is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the eighth time this year, having never received more than 22.9 percent support from voters despite a career that is one of the most impressive in the history of the game.
The last time Alex Anthopoulos attended Major League Baseball’s General Manager Meetings, he was out of work, having just resigned as GM of the Blue Jays in the aftermath of a front-office makeover in which Mark Shapiro came over from the Indians to oversee the team’s baseball operations. Anthopoulos stopped by, however, to be recognized as the Sporting News Executive of the Year, voted on by his peers, for having overseen the rebuilding of a Blue Jays franchise that was coming off a late-season rush to claim the 2015 AL East title and advance to the postseason for the first time since winning back-to-back World Series in 1992 and ’93.