Simon: Who is the next Larry Walker among Hall of Fame candidates?

From SABR member Mark Simon at ACTA Sports on January 22, 2020:

It was a long, slow climb for Larry Walker from receiving 10% of the Hall of Fame vote in 2014 to being elected with 76.6% of the vote this year.

Walker’s candidacy was one that took time and consideration to appreciate. He was an excellent hitter and fielder and very good basestealer who played in a ballpark that likely boosted his offensive numbers. From a sabermetric perspective, Walker fared well in both WAR and Win Shares and as the voting base became more educated in the value of analytics, the ballot became less crowded, and public support increased, Walker’s vote total increased.

Looking ahead to future ballots, who among the holdovers could be the next Walker?

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Originally published: January 22, 2020. Last Updated: January 22, 2020.