The Walker Files: His Defence Never Rested

 Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker was not only a three-time batting champion, but he was also a Gold Glove right fielder. Photo Credit: Denver Post

Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker was not only a three-time batting champion, but he was also a Gold Glove right fielder. Photo Credit: Denver Post

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Walker’s career fielding percentage of .986 is the fifth highest among all right-fielders no longer active since 1913.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.

PlayerGFld Pct
Paul O'Neill1848.988
Tony Gwynn2144.987
Dwight Evans2093.987
Magglio Ordonez1713.987
Larry Walker1717.986
Shawn Green1629.986
Al Kaline2033.985
Johnny Callison1577.985
Tom Brunansky1568.985
Dave Winfield1882.984
Jermaine Dye1671.982
Bobby Abreu1990.982
Enos Slaughter1540.981
Mel Ott2160.980
Hank Aaron2174.980