Derek Jeter, Larry Walker voted to Hall of Fame

Lars Anderson The Athletic gave me a Hall of Fame ballot — Kinda. Here’s how I’d vote if I could

Lars Anderson The Athletic gave me a Hall of Fame ballot — Kinda. Here’s how I’d vote if I could

Despite all of that, Larry Walker didn't believe he was going to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was one of two players elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Last year, the Captain's longtime teammate and co-member of the Core Four, Mariano Rivera, was unanimously chosen.

"And I said, 'You know, they're not necessarily hitting the ball farther, even though they were, (or) throwing it harder, running faster". Rockies legend Larry Walker won induction on his tenth and final try, receiving 76.6 of the vote. In addition, a 2014 rule change to the Hall's eligibility process and voting rules determined that players could only be on the ballot for 10 years rather than the previously-allotted 15.

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Pitcher Curt Schilling was third with 278 votes (70%) in his eighth ballot appearance, an increase from 60.9% but still 20 votes shy. They are the ones who challenged me. Clemens and Bonds both earned 61% of the vote. Just two years later, he'd reach the Bronx and embark on a 20-year career that finished with five World Series championships, 14 All-Star appearances worldwide stardom as the captain of George Steinbrenner's Yankees.

Schilling had previously indicated that he wouldn't have a problem being left out and noted that strong players, like Luis Tiant, never quite made the cut for the Hall of Fame.

Walker was a five-time All Star and was the 1997 MVP. He led the league in strikeouts five times. And had he not been elected this year, he would have fallen off the ballot for good.

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Walker, a career.313 hitter over 17 seasons, including 10 with Colorado, said he watched this year's vote results "religiously" unlike in his previous nine years on the ballot.

The two additionally played with each other on multiple All-Star teams, teaming up in the Midsummer Classic in 1998, 2000-02, 2004, 2006-08, 2010, and 2011. He helped usher in the free agency era as baseball's long-standing reserve clause that bound players to one team was struck down and salaries began to soar. The hit was the 2,000th for Walker in his career. Miller died in 2012.

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