Oops, Walker's OPS Ranks Him Among Games Elite

Whether it’s old-school stats, Coors Field stats or the world of analytics, Larry Walker’s career is among the elite in the game.

Consider how Walker ranks in OPS+ in the expansion era, which began in 1961. OPS+ is designed to account for the impact of a ballpark on a hitter’s ability. Among players with at least 3,000 at-bats since 1961, Walker’s OPS+ is tied for 23rd with David Ortiz, and Chipper Jones. Among Hall of Fames who had 3,000 or more at-bats since 1961, Walker would rank in a tie for 14th with Chipper Jones at 141. Right behind Walker are the likes of Vladimir Guerrero (140), Reggie Jackson (139), Al Kaline (138), Ken Griffey, Jr. (136) and George Brett (135).

Only players who have retired were considered in light of the fact the final years are most often less productive and would impact the final OPS.

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