Larry Walker turns 49 today. I took to Twitter this morning to share some birthday wishes for @cdnmooselips33. For posterity’s sake, here they are:
Happy birthday to Larry Walker, the last guy to hit .375 in a season.
Happy birthday to Larry Walker, the only player to hit .350 on a 30 HR/30 SB season (hat tip to @theaceofspaeder).
Happy birthday to Larry Walker, whose 150 Hall of Stats Hall Rating is better than Pete, Brooks, Reggie, Yogi, Duke, Ernie, or the Big Hurt.
Happy birthday to Larry Walker, who had more WAR batting runs, fielding runs, and baserunning runs than Hall of Famer Andre Dawson.
Happy birthday to Larry Walker, who had fewer Baseball Reference WAR than 70 Hall of Famers and more WAR than the other 174.
I didn’t mention that Walker had more WAR and a higher Hall Rating than anyone else who ever played for the Rockies, and among position players who ever played for the Expos, only Pete Rose has more WAR and only Gary Carter has a higher Hall Rating. Walker had more WAR than Carter and a higher Hall Rating than Rose.
Here are a few pro-Booger nuggets from yesterday’s tweets from the aforementioned @theaceofspaeder:
Hall of Famers
Sewell .312 BA
DiMaggio .398 OBP
Aaron .555 SLG
Brett 135 OPS+
Gwynn 68.8 WAR
Larry Walker .313/.400/.565, 141 OPS+, 72.6 WAR
Larry Walker 72.6
Tim Raines 69.1
Tony Gwynn 68.8*
Edgar Martinez 68.3
Duke Snider 66.5*
Andre Dawson 64.5*
Dave Winfield 63.8*
Seasons with .700+ SLG & 30+ SB
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The other 18,661 players in history combined 0
Larry Walker had a career 141 OPS+ (OPS adjusted for BALLPARK, run environment, etc.). Ken Griffey Jr. had a career 136 OPS+.
And finally, a complete lists of players with more HR, more SB, and a better career batting average than Larry Walker…