The Walker Files: Career OPS has HOF quality

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

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

By Tracy Ringolsby

Larry Walker, looking for a major boost in votes in what is his eighth time on the Hall of Fame ballot, has the 14th best OPS among players who have either been enshrined in Cooperstown or are on this year’s ballot.

The only current candidates with an OPS higer than Walker’s .965 are Barry Bonds (1.051) and Manny Ramirez (.996). Also in the top 25 are current candidates Jim Thome (.956), Edgar Martinez (.933), Vladimir Guerrero (.951) and Chipper Jones (.930).

Player OPS
Babe Ruth 1.164
Ted Williams 1.116
Lou Gehrig 1.08
Barry Bonds 1.051
Jimmie Foxx 1.038
Hank Greenberg 1.017
Rogers Hornsby 1.010
Manny Ramirez .996
Mickey Mantle .977
Joe DiMaggio .977
Stan Musial .976
Frank Thomas .974
Ed Delahanty .973
Larry Walker .965
Johnny Mize .959
Jim Thome .956
Jeff Bagwell .948
Mel Ott .947
Ralph Kiner .946
Ty Cobb .945
Willie Mays .941
Hack Wilson .940
Edgar Martinez .933
Vladimir Guerrero .931
Chipper Jones .930