Larry Walker’s uphill climb to Cooperstown culminated in dramatic fashion on Tuesday evening, when the versatile outfielder was narrowly .
Walker, 53, narrowly cleared the 75% mark required for induction, getting named on 304 of 397 ballots (76.6%) by the Baseball Writers’ Assn. of America. Tuesday’s result completes an up-and-down ride for the Canadian slugger, who debuted by receiving 20.3% of the vote in 2011, only to bottom out at 10.2% in 2014 before his candidacy picked up momentum.
His candidacy was burdened by the fact he played 10 of his seasons in the hitter’s haven of Coors Field. Ultimately, he would not be denied.
“I get the arguments, trust me, and I’m OK with them,” Walker said on MLB Network moments after his election.