The Walker Files: His Defence Never Rested
December 12, 2017
By Tracy Ringolsby
Larry Walker has never received even 25 percent support in his first seven years on the Hall of Fame ballot. He was, however, one of the most complete players in the game. He had the offensive numbers, but he also had defensive numbers. As well as hitting for power and average, and stealing bases, Walker earned seven Gold Gloves for his defensive excellence in right field. Walker is one of only four former players to win seven or more Gold Glove awards while playing right field. The others are Roberto Clemente (12), Dwight Evans (8) and Dave Winfield (7).
Walker’s career fielding percentage of .986 is the fifth highest among all right-fielders no longer active since 1913. The only Hall of Famer ahead of him is Tony Gwynn, who is second at .987. Al Kaline (.985) is seventh on the list among right fielders, Dave Winfield (.984) 10th, Enos Slaughter (.981) 13th, Mel Ott (.980) 14th and Hank Aaron (.980) 15th.