By Richard Griffin Baseball Columnist Sat., Jan. 12, 2019 Baseball Canada held its annual fundraising banquet at a downtown Toronto hotel on Saturday and Larry Walker, the former Expos, Rockies and Cardinals outfielder from Maple Ridge, B.C., and the greatest Canadian position player in major-league history, was on hand to receive an award. The bottom line is that without Larry Walker, without Fergie Jenkins, without Terry Puhl, Claude Raymond, John Hiller and other pioneers who paved the way for Canadians, there would be no Baseball Canada. But Walker has bigger awards in his future. The 17-year major-league star has suddenly, in his ninth and penultimate year on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, vaulted into legitimacy as a contender to be voted in at Cooperstown. He never earned higher than 34.1% of the vote in his first eight years on the ballot, conducted by baseball writers. A total of 75% is required for election. But now, with just under half of the 2019 ballots made public, Walker sits at 66 per cent. No, he will not make it to immortality this year, but he is starting to have 2020 vision. “I guess it’s social media,” Walker said of a campaign… Read full this story
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