The Walker Files: At the top of the Hall of Fame hopefuls

 Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker is worthy of a plaque in Cooperstown. Photo Credit: BSN Denver

Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker is worthy of a plaque in Cooperstown. Photo Credit: BSN Denver

By Tracy Ringolsby

Larry Walker has never received as much as 25 percent support in his seven previous times on the Hall of Fame ballot. He, however, has the stats to support his case, both all-time and in comparison to others who are on the ballot this year. In looking at home runs, RBI, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and stolen bases Walker has the fourth  highest point total out of the 19 hitters on the ballot this year, the highest among players whose career hasn’t been tainted by steroids.

Using a point system, 19 for having the top spot in the stat on down to one point for being 19th, Walker and Vladimir Guerrero are tied at 82 points, behind Barry Bonds (109), Manny Ramirez (89) and Gary Sheffield (84). After Walker and Guerrero are Jim Tjhome (72), Sammy Sosa (71), Edgar Martinez and Fred McGriff (62 each), Jeff Kent (59), and Chipper Jones (53). Following before 50 points are Scott Rolen and Carlos Lee (48 points each), Johnny Damon (46), Andrew Jones (41), Aubrey Huff and Hideki Matsui (27 points apiece), Omar Vizquel (26 points) and Orlando Hudson (19 points).

How the players rank in the six statistical categories

Player HR Player RBI
Barry Bonds 762  Barry Bonds 1996
Jim Thome 612  Manny Ramirez 1831
Sammy Sosa 609  Jim Thome 1699
Manny Ramirez 555  Gary Sheffield 1676
Gary Sheffield 509  Sammy Sosa 1667
Fred McGriff 493  Chipper Jones 1623
Chipper Jones 468  Jeff Kent 1518
Vladimir Guerrero 449  Fred McGriff 1550
Andruw Jones 434  Vladimir Guerrero 1496
Larry Walker 383  Carlos Lee 1363
Jeff Kent 377  Larry Walker 1311
Carlos Lee 358  Andruw Jones 1289
Scott Rolen 316  Scott Rolen 1287
Edgar Martinez 309  Edgar Martinez 1261
Aubrey Huff 242  Johnny Damon 1139
Johnny Damon 235  Omar Vizquel 951
Hideki Matsui 175  Aubrey Huff 904
Orlando Hudson 93  Hideki Matsui 760
Omar Vizquel 80  Orlando Hudson 542
     
Player BA Player OBP
Vladimir Guerrero .318  Barry Bonds .444
Larry Walker .313  Edgar Martinez .418
Edgar Martinez .312  Manny Ramirez .411
Manny Ramirez .312  Jim Thome .402
Chipper Jones .303  Chipper Jones .401
Barry Bonds .298  Larry Walker .400
Gary Sheffield .292  Gary Sheffield .393
Jeff Kent .290  Vladimir Guerrero .379
Carlos Lee .285  Fred McGriff .377
Fred McGriff .284  Scott Rolen .364
Johnny Damon .284  Hideki Matsui .360
Hideki Matsui .282  Jeff Kent .356
Scott Rolen .281  Johnny Damon .352
Aubrey Huff .278  Sammy Sosa .344
Jim Thome .276  Aubrey Huff .342
Sammy Sosa .273  Orlando Hudson .341
Orlando Hudson .273  Carlos Lee .339
Omar Vizquel .272  Andruw Jones .337
Andruw Jones .254  Omar Vizquel .336
     
     
Player SLG Player SB
Barry Bonds .607  Barry Bonds 514
Manny Ramirez .585  Johnny Damon 408
Larry Walker .565  Omar Vizquel 404
Jim Thome .554  Gary Sheffield 253
Vladimir Guerrero .553  Sammy Sosa 234
Sammy Sosa .534  Larry Walker 230
Chipper Jones .529  Vladimir Guerrero 181
Edgar Martinez .515  Andruw Jones 152
Gary Sheffield .514  Chipper Jones 150
Fred McGriff .509  Carlos Lee 125
Jeff Kent .500  Scott Rolen 118
Scott Rolen .490  Jeff Kent 94
Andruw Jones .486  Orlando Hudson 85
Carlos Lee .483  Fred McGriff 72
Aubrey Huff .464  Edgar Martinez 49
Hideki Matsui .462  Manny Ramirez 38
Johnny Damon .433  Aubrey Huff 37
Orlando Hudson .412  Jim Thome 19
Omar Vizquel .352  Hideki Matsui 13