He won the NL MVP Award, thus becoming the first Canadian player to win the MVP in Major League Baseball. [26] An improbable finish to the regular season including a record of 30−9 catapulted Montreal to a second-place standing with a 94−68 record, thus nearly matching the club record of 95 wins set in 1979. He became another in the succession of Montreal's great outfielders. [18], Walker won the prestigious Lou Marsh Trophy in 1998 as Canadian athlete of the year, one year after finishing runner-up to Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve,[75] of which he remarked at the time that he lost "to a car. [29] Walker batted .265, 22 home runs, and 86 RBI, setting then-career highs each of 80 walks, 20 intentional walks, 29 stolen bases, and .371 OBP. [110] Walker made his Cardinals debut on August 8, playing the New York Mets, and appeared as a pinch-hitter and struck out in the seventh inning. [91] His aggregate batting average at .369 in that same time,[92] he became the first player since Al Simmons from 1929–31 to hit at least .360 in each of three consecutive seasons. He also collected his 1,500th career hit in that game. [48] The incident momentarily drew mirth and laughter from players in both dugouts, fans and announcers, and comparisons to Johnson pitching against John Kruk in the 1993 All-Star Game, in which he also threw over his head. Derek Jeter and Larry Walker were the only two players to make it. Here's a look back at every Rockies player who has competed in the HR Derby", "Baserunning big part of Walker's greatness", "Three cheers for Chipper Jones and his pursuit of .400", "More support for Larry Walker needs to be a Colorado standard", "By the numbers: The HOF case for Larry Walker: Slugger's advanced stats, all-around game show he's worthy of Cooperstown plaque", "Single-season leaders & records for WAR position players", "1997 Major League Baseball batting leaders", "Single-season leaders & records for total bases", "Baseball Digest Player of the Year Award", "TSN.ca's Canada 150: Iconic baseball moments", "Colorado Rockies top 10 single-season batting leaders", "MLB batting champions as recognized at end of year", "Tainted awards: And the second winner is ...", "Larry Walker named male athlete of the year", "Marlins' Jose Reyes says hitting streak is simply about putting a good swing on each pitch", "The top 15 highest scoring MLB games in history", "It's Pedro Martinez's showcase: Red Sox ace strikes out 5 in All-Star game", "A's Chad Pinder joins rare company with monstrous blast", "The 4 batters since Ted Williams closest to hitting .400", "1999 Major League Baseball batting leaders", "Changing speeds: The Slash Stat Triple Crown", "Around the NL: Walker gave Leyland joy in down season", "Hall of Fame Voting Primer: My top 10, plus a Randy Johnson appreciation", "Career winding down for 'gifted' Walker", "The 50 Greatest Sports Figures from Canada", "Todd Helton stats, fantasy & news (Career biography)", "MLB batting statistics and league leaders", "Colorado Rockies top 10 career batting leaders", "Walker's 300th HR wasted in loss to Pirates", "Dodgers, Marlins swap six players, may not be done", https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/rockies-top-5-in-season-trades/c-53878222, "2004 Major League Baseball standing & expanded standings", "Walker puts on show for show-me Missourians", "Walker is dangerous when others give way", "2004 World Series: Boston Red Sox over St. Louis Cardinals (4–0)", "Hall of Fame case for Clemens, Bonds isn't too hard to make", "My 2016 Hall of Fame ballot includes Larry Walker, here's why", "Larry Walker's Canadian baseball legacy should tip Hall of Fame scales", "Larry Walker set to coach Canada in WBC", "Larry Walker: un rôle d'instructeur qui lui plaît", "Canada's baseball win over U.S. at Pan Ams doesn't surprise Ernie Whitt", "Canada tops Dominican Republic in men's baseball at Pan Ams", "Game summary (Box score)—Canada (CAN) 7, United States (USA) 6", "Major League Baseball, DHL unveil nominees for the 'DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes' platform", "BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum to induct 8 individuals and 2 teams", "Larry Walker, veteran major league baseball player at the announcement that he will be inducted into the B.C.

He endured back spasms toward the end of the season, starting in nine of the team's final 17 games.

"[136][137], On June 20, 2009, it was announced that Walker and former major league catcher Ernie Whitt were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. After 1997, he never reached 500 at bats again as various injuries cut short each season. [165], Superstitious about the number three, Walker wore number 33 during his playing career and was married on November 3 at 3:33. The five men often played together in a fastpitch softball league, frequently all in the same starting lineup. [18] Walker also hit 37 home runs and 115 RBI in just 438 at bats, stole 11 bases in 15 attempts, and registered 12 outfield assists. He injured the right elbow while swinging at the pitch that was pre-flight to his 49th home run in the Rockies' 160th game, forcing him out of the last two games. Walker, in spite of earnestly concentrating his efforts at baseball much later than nearly other all players, excelled at all aspects of the game, including hitting for both average and power, plate discipline, speed, defense, and throwing strength and accuracy, almost seamlessly translating the smoothness and agility of his hockey game to the diamond. The home run and stolen base totals placed him in the 30–30 club. Jenkins was, prior to Walker's election, the only native Canadian to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and the first of only two Canadians to win the Cy Young Award (the second is Éric Gagné in 2003). He then quickly noticed that José Offerman, already on base, was running at full speed. But he saved his best for the postseason, going 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA. During his first year of eligibility, he received 118 votes, or 20.3 percent of all ballots cast; the threshold for entry is 75 percent. [80][81] For the month of May, Walker batted .392, .647 slugging, and 40 hits in 102 at bats. [102], With the Rockies struggling to make the playoffs—which they had not accomplished since his first year in Colorado in 1995—Walker indicated a desire to be traded to a contender. [108] He hit behind a speedy Tony Womack and in front of the 3−4−5 hitters of Jim Edmonds, Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen,[109] who combined for 122 home runs and 358 RBI that year. During his 17-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career, he played with the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, and St. Louis Cardinals. He also hit 19 home runs with 21 stolen bases and produced 3.4 Wins Above Replacement (WAR). At that tournament, he caught the eye of Expos scouting director Jim Fanning after hitting a home run with a wooden bat, in contrast to all the other players who were using metal bats. [127][128] In 2011, he served as hitting and first base coach for Canada at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico,[129] where Team Canada won their first major international baseball championship. [98] He hit his 204th home run for Colorado on August, passing Castilla for the franchise record. [115] Walker made his playoff debut with the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS versus the Dodgers, homering twice and scoring four runs in an 8−3 Cardinals win. Highlights included "an exceptionally balanced stance," "excellent weight transfer" and "admirable ... hip rotation." [145], Wrote Tom Verducci of Walker's American Hall of Fame credentials, the difference between playing in Denver and all other locations, including producing a 98-point in difference in average (.380 vs. .282), and a 49% higher home run rate, were "bothersome." The turf, like it did Vlad, put him on the DL more than he would have been. Further, he won a series of other awards, including the Players Choice Award for National League Outstanding Player,[67] the Baseball Digest Player of the Year Award,[68] his seventh Tip O'Neill Award,[13] third Gold Glove,[23] second Silver Slugger,[24] and first Rockies Player of the Year Award.

[97] On August 5, he hit his 300th career home run, coming against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 5−4 loss. Schilling went 216-146 with a 3.46 ERA in 20 seasons, including 53-29 and a 3.95 ERA in four seasons with the Red Sox. I swing at too many bad pitches," he contemplated. [35] In the May 21 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he doubled, tripled and hit a pair of two-run home runs to drive in a career-best six runs in a 12–10 win. The fact that he played for the Montreal Expos helped, too, so even people who weren't baseball fans knew who he was. His career SLG of .565 ranks 12th all time. "[76] Walker also attained the Lionel Conacher Award as the top male Canadian athlete,[77] the ESPY Award for Best Major League Player,[78] and a Tip O'Neill Award. He had to take daily inventory of what was going good and come up with a stroke that would work within the parameters of his health. [146] John Brattain noted for Baseball Prospectus in 2002 that Walker had "Hall of Fame talent" and named him "among the elite National League outfielders, Coors Field or not," but without Hall of Fame credentials, due to a lack of longevity from injury. Following his playing career, Walker has served as a guest instructor for the Cardinals, and, since 2009, has coached the Canadian national team. Looking back at the 1994 Expos", "The biggest contract since the end of strike, Larry Walker's 4", "Rockies open their wallet for two stars", "Major League Baseball Players of the Week", "Three cheers for the Rockies' Walker (He prefers it that way)", "Yelich-Bellinger could be MVP race for the ages", "Harper sets MLB record for runs in April", "Major League Baseball Players of the Month", "Today in All-Star Game history: Larry Walker flips helmet, bats right-handed", "Johnson's wild toss amuses Walker, fans", "Relieved Walker walks away from hairy at-bat vs. Johnson Kruk-like wild pitch keeps Rockie on toes", "How have the Rockies fared in the Home Run Derby over the years? In 1997, he also led the league in home runs, OBP, and SLG, while joining the 30–30 club, registering 12 outfield assists and leading his position with four double plays turned; he won the NL MVP Award that year. "If you went to a provincial championship, his picture was on your T-shirt. A top-heavy list highlights five achievers of over 100 WAR and another two who accumulated at least 90.

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