Walker hits three doubles as Rockies open Coors Field
It took 14 innings – but the Rockies eventually captured their first win in their new home ballpark, while free agent acquisition Walker led the way with three run-scoring doubles in the 11-9 home opener victory over the Mets.
“I think we need to start winning these things in nine innings – before it gets to 10 below (zero),” Walker told the Coloradoan after a game that started with the temperature at 42 degrees and got colder as the night progressed.
Walker had signed with the Rockies less than a month earlier, inking a deal as a free agent on April 8, shortly after the conclusion of the work stoppage, which truncated the 1994 season and delayed the 1995 campaign. The future Hall of Fame right fielder had spent the previous six years of his career with the Montreal Expos, having signed with the club as an amateur free agent in 1984.
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Over his 17 years in the big leagues, Walker batted .313 with 383 homers, 2,160 hits and a .965 OPS. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2020.
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