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Larry Walker

2016 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Larry Walker



The first table below presents Larry Walker's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Larry Walker
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1989MON22
20
1.51.40.5220.0
0.1
1.41.70.454-0.2-0.1
1990MON23
131
14.613.60.5190.2
1.2
15.913.40.5420.81.9
1991MON24
136
16.215.40.513-0.2
1.0
16.415.30.517-0.11.1
1992MON25
143
20.314.90.5772.3
3.6
18.614.30.5641.72.9
1993MON26
138
22.115.00.5963.1
4.5
20.015.40.5651.83.2
1994MON27
103
15.811.30.5831.6
2.7
14.711.00.5721.22.3
1995COL28
131
18.816.70.5290.3
1.7
18.515.40.5450.82.2
1996COL29
83
8.98.70.505-0.1
0.6
8.78.30.5130.00.7
1997COL30
153
24.417.60.5812.4
4.1
24.317.60.5802.34.0
1998COL31
130
16.114.30.5280.2
1.4
17.513.00.5721.52.7
1999COL32
127
16.413.20.5540.9
2.1
17.813.10.5761.72.9
2000COL33
86
11.110.60.512-0.1
0.8
11.210.80.508-0.20.7
2001COL34
142
19.314.60.5691.6
3.1
20.213.50.5982.64.1
2002COL35
136
19.615.10.5651.6
3.0
18.114.40.5571.22.6
2003COL36
143
17.615.10.5380.7
2.0
17.114.80.5360.61.8
37
82
10.08.20.5470.6
1.3
10.57.70.5761.11.9
2005SLN38
99
14.08.80.6152.2
3.1
11.19.00.5540.81.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,983
266.9214.70.55417.2
36.3
261.8208.80.55617.736.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
28
3.43.20.520 0.33.42.80.551 0.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,011
270.3217.80.554
36.6
265.2211.60.556 36.9


This is Larry Walker's fifth year on the Hall-of-Fame ballot. In my 2013 Hall-of-Fame ballot series, I compared Walker's 1994 and 1998 seasons and the very different contexts in which they took place. My article in the 2014 Hall-of-Fame ballot series looked at the players most similar to Larry Walker, as measured by Player won-lost records. In 2015, I compared Larry Walker to Hall-of-Fame Brooklyn Dodgers centerfielder Duke Snider.

For this year's article, I am going to focus on a specific aspect of Larry Walker's fielding. Larry Walker won 7 Gold Gloves in his career. This is especially impressive because Walker played right field throughout his career and, during his career, outfield Gold Gloves were not position-specific, so that, frequently, two or three Gold Glove winners in a particular league were centerfielders. One of Larry Walker's strengths defensively was his throwing arm. As is common among great defensive right fielders, Walker had an excellent throwing arm, in terms of both strength and accuracy.

Outfielder throwing arms come into play in two Components of Player won-lost records: Component 8, baserunning outs; and Component 9, baserunner advancement.

The top 25 outfielders in net fielding wins across these two components are shown in the next table.

Top 25 Fielding Outfielders
(Components 8 and 9)

eWins eLosses eWinPct Net Wins
1Jesse Barfield23.616.60.5877.0
2Carl Yastrzemski35.529.20.5496.3
3Willie Mays47.041.10.5345.9
4Roberto Clemente41.135.20.5385.9
5Al Kaline34.729.40.5415.3
6Andy Van Slyke21.916.60.5695.3
7Jeff Francoeur22.617.40.5655.2
8Ellis Valentine16.311.20.5915.0
9Jose 'Joey Bats' Bautista17.112.30.5824.8
10Indian Bob Johnson28.824.30.5424.5
11Joe DiMaggio25.421.00.5484.4
12Dom DiMaggio24.420.20.5474.2
13Paul Blair22.117.90.5524.2
14Jim Piersall22.919.00.5473.9
15Vada Pinson37.533.70.5273.8
16Dwight Evans31.327.50.5323.8
17Jim Edmonds23.319.60.5433.7
18Cesar Geronimo18.114.50.5563.7
19Adam Jones19.916.30.5493.5
20Rusty Staub28.424.80.5333.5
21Andruw Jones26.623.20.5343.4
22Dave Henderson18.615.40.5483.2
23Raul Mondesi Sr.21.518.30.5413.2
24Roy Cullenbine16.313.10.5553.2
25Goose Goslin22.519.30.5383.2


One thing to note is that fielding records are relative to position - the average rightfielder will be a .500 player in these components by construction as will the average leftfielder. So, to the extent that RF's tend to have stronger throwing arms than LF's and CF's, Walker's numbers here are relative to a stronger "average" than, for example, Andy Van Slyke, who was primarily a CF, and Carl Yastrzemski, who was primarily a LF.

Even without that adjustment, though, Larry Walker appears to have had one of the top 25 outfielder arms of the past 80 years or so.

2016 Hall of Fame Ballot Series




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