Next year, 2011, former Expo, Rockie, and Cardinal Larry Walker will be eligible for Cooperstown. While Walker's chances at the Hall will be the subject of a feature later on in the year, SBNation.com's Jon Bois chimes in with an early look at Walker's chances along with several other candidates. What did Bois have on Walker? A brief excerpt:â†µ
Bill James' Hall of Fame Career Standard: 58â†µ
Non-statistical variables: Walker played for the Expos (+1), but will probably not wear an Expos cap into the Hall (-1). He made a lot of his plate appearances in Coors Field (-2). He is one of the best players ever to be in a, "hahaha, remember that guy?" conversation (+/-3). His last name could possibly be construed as a baseball reference (+3).
Re-calculated Hall of Fame Career Standard: 59
Yes, Walker played a good majority of his games at Coors Field, but why penalize him for it? Let's be fair and admit that Coors Field does help his numbers. However, why should that keep him out of the Hall? Is Coors Field somehow the equivalent of steroids? Because that's just unfair. Coors Field is legal in baseball and they even have a humidor there too! Oh, they call that cheating also. Jeez, everyone wants to have it both ways.â†µ
In the end, Bois does redeem himself by letting us know that he believes Walker should be in the Hall. Give the entire article a read, you'll get a bunch of laughs out of it.