In a sigh of relief to Colorado Rockies fans in what has been a brutal week and a brutal offseason, they were sent a life preserver as former Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame with 76.6 percent, or six more ballots than needed to warrant induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, New York in July.
The Baseball Hall of Fame results were just announced and there was two inductees off of the BBWAA election: former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and former Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker.
Jeter garnered all but one of the 397 votes, which is the second highest vote ever in MLB history. The highest was Jeter’s former teammate, Mariano Rivera, who was inducted last year unanimously.
Walker got 76.6 percent of the vote, which was only six votes more than was is needed for induction. He is the first player ever to ever where a Colorado Rockies uniform to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Earlier today, Walker incorrectly predicted that he would fall just short of election on Twitter as he thanked fans and the writers that voted for him.
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Here’s how the vote ended up breaking down.
- Derek Jeter, 99.7 percent of the vote
- Larry Walker, 76.7 percent
- Curt Schilling, 70.0 percent
- Barry Bonds, 61.0 percent
- Roger Clemens, 60.7 percent
- Omar Vizquel, 52.6 percent
- Scott Rolen, 25.3 percent
- Billy Wagner, 31.7 percent
- Gary Sheffield, 30.5 percent
- Todd Helton, 29.2 percent
- Manny Ramirez, 28.2 percent
- Jeff Kent, 27.5 percent
- Andruw Jones, 19.4 percent
- Sammy Sosa, 13.9 percent
- Andy Pettitte, 11.3 percent
- Bobby Abreu, 5.5 percent
Paul Konerko, Eric Chavez, Jason Giambi, Cliff Lee, Adam Dunn, Alfonso Soriano, Raul Ibanez, J.J. Putz and Brad Penny each received at least one vote but did not get the five percent warranted to remain on the ballot. Josh Beckett, Heath Bell, Chone Figgins, Rafael Furcal, Carlos Pena, Brian Roberts, and Jose Valverde were the players featured on the ballot that did not receive a vote.
The Colorado Rockies will be holding their Fan Fest at Coors Field on Saturday and with the news of this and the recent developments in the Nolan Arenado saga, it could be a mix of emotions for Rockies fans