Walker Enjoyed Coors Field, But Don't Ignore His Road Impact

Yes, Larry Walker enjoyed his time hitting in Coors Field.

But it was not like he was a failure on the road.

In a three-year stretch in his prime — when he averaged 137 games a year — he led the major leagues in home average, hitting .418 combined from 1997-99, tops in MLB, 54 points ahead of teammate Todd Helton, who was second in MLB in that stretch at home. Fellow Rockies player Dante Bichette was third at .351.

Walker, however, also hit .314 on the road in that stretch, which ranked 12th in MLB. Among Rockies hitters who had qualifying at-bats over that three-year stretch, Walker was the only one who hit .300. Vinny Castilla was No. 2 on the road at .275 followed by Bichette (.272), Helton (.262) and Neifi Perez (.247).

The Coors Field Factor

Walker G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO AVG OBP SLG
Home 209 773 225 323 71 8 63 182 97 13 83 .418 .489 .775
Away 201 687 139 216 47 3 46 130 102 11 120 .314 .410 .592
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Rockies Road G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO AVG OBP SLG
Larry Walker 201 687 139 216 47 3 46 130 102 11 120 .314 .410 .592
Vinny Castilla 240 923 117 254 39 1 52 150 66 9 143 .275 .328 .489
Dante Bichette 224 861 89 234 51 1 25 124 45 1 137 .272 .308 .420
Todd Helton 169 580 80 152 32 1 26 77 57 3 88 .262 .332 .455
Neifi Perez 198 791 88 195 34 12 9 57 45 1 90 .247 .286 .354
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MLB Home G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO AVG OBP SLG
Larry Walker 209 773 225 323 71 8 63 182 97 13 83 .418 .489 .775
Todd Helton 177 621 125 226 46 6 39 144 72 8 54 .364 .431 .646
Dante Bichette 239 955 193 335 66 5 57 249 67 5 113 .351 .390 .609
Tony Gwynn 191 698 99 243 51 2 18 126 49 12 33 .348 .385 .504
Ivan Rodriguez 224 902 154 310 49 4 36 158 35 8 111 .344 .369 .527
Rusty Greer 228 843 181 285 55 10 36 163 138 4 106 .338 .431 .555
Mark Grace 234 857 148 289 63 6 21 138 145 13 65 .337 .430 .498
Barry Larkin 188 635 115 213 47 12 15 83 125 10 69 .335 .445 .518
Edgar Martinez 236 826 145 276 66 1 41 152 180 9 145 .334 .454 .565
Chipper Jones 240 873 167 291 64 3 49 165 146 19 129 .333 .425 .582
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MLB Road G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO AVG OBP SLG
Mike Piazza 231 877 157 303 58 2 57 190 88 17 121 .345 .404 .611
Tony Gwynn 196 766 122 264 60 0 25 124 58 11 27 .345 .389 .521
Bernie Williams 205 818 169 279 51 11 34 173 125 10 122 .341 .426 .555
Derek Jeter 231 969 183 316 50 13 24 118 114 2 186 .326 .404 .479
Edgar Martinez 215 774 131 251 50 2 40 144 142 12 136 .324 .432 .549
Nomar Garciaparra 206 881 162 283 51 10 50 147 56 7 89 .321 .368 .572
Paul O'Neill 224 907 135 291 68 3 35 188 84 5 139 .321 .374 .518
Harold Baines 182 582 81 186 29 0 26 117 64 9 68 .320 .386 .503
John Olerud 238 854 139 272 61 3 26 136 147 10 112 .319 .422 .488
Manny Ramirez 226 848 174 270 61 1 55 199 135 7 185 .318 .414 .587
Edgardo Alfonzo 230 889 160 283 55 4 31 143 105 2 115 .318 .391 .494
Larry Walker 201 687 139 216 47 3 46 130 102 11 120 .314 .410 .592
Craig Biggio 239 963 197 302 79 2 31 135 132 11 168 .314 .407 .496
Vladimir Guerrero 202 759 125 235 44 7 44 130 66 14 92 .310 .374 0.56
Mo Vaughn 218 858 129 263 35 2 53 158 91 18 211 .307 .378 .537
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