The Walker Files: His Defense Never Rested

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Larry Walker has never received even 25 percent support in his first seven years on the Hall of Fame ballot. He was, however, one of the most complete players in the game. He had the offensive numbers, but he also had defensive numbers, too. As well as hitting for power and average, and stealing bases, Walker earned seven Gold Gloves for his defensive excellence in right field. Walker is one of only four former players to win seven or more Gold Glove awards while playing right field. The others are Roberto Clemente (12), Dwight Evans (8) and Dave Winfield (7).

Walker's career fielding percentage of .986 is the fifth highest among all right-fielders no longer active since 1913. The only Hall of Famer ahead of him is Tony Gwynn, who is second at .987. Al Kaline (.985) is seventh on the list among right fielders, Dave Winfield (.984) 10th, Enos Slaughter (.981) 13th, Mel Ott (.980) 14th and Hank aaron (.980) 15th..

Player

G

Fld Pct

Paul O'Neill

1848

.988

Tony Gwynn

2144

.987

Dwight Evans

2093

.987

Magglio Ordonez

1713

.987

Larry Walker

1717

.986

Shawn Green

1629

.986

Al Kaline

2033

.985

Johnny Callison

1577

.985

Tom Brunansky

1568

.985

Dave Winfield

1882

.984

Jermaine Dye

1671

.982

Bobby Abreu

1990

.982

Enos Slaughter

1540

.981

Mel Ott

2160

.980

Hank Aaron

2174

.980