Rockies’ signing of Walker launched player, team to new heights
On April 8, 1995, Walker signed a four-year, $22 million deal with the Colorado Rockies – ending months of speculation about Walker’s future. After establishing himself as one of the game’s top all-around players in the early 1990s, Walker steamed toward free agency in 1994 with a Montreal team packed with young talent.
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“Larry Walker is a rising star,” Baylor told the Associated Press. “Two years ago, we were crawling. Last year, we got up on our feet. Now we’re off and jogging.”
Walker played for 10 seasons with the Rockies before he was traded to the Cardinals on Aug. 6, 2004. He helped St. Louis advance to the postseason in both 2004 and 2005, hitting six home runs over 15 games in ’04 as the Cardinals won the National League pennant.
The native of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, retired following the 2005 season. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2020, becoming the second Canadian – following Fergie Jenkins – to earn induction.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum