# How can Larry Walker not be in the HOF?

After checking my automated scripts that generate yearly top and bottom ten lists at both the league and team level I ran across Larry Walker who scored very high in both WAR and WAA results.  I googled to see when Larry Walker got inducted into the HOF to find that he hasn’t.  Here is a blurb from Sports Illustrated article written 1/11/2013.

Larry Walker, who played 17 years with the Expos, Rockies and Cardinals, received 21.6 percent of this year’s Hall of Fame vote in his third year on the ballot after receiving 20.3 percent and 22.9 percent his first two years. (Seventy-five percent is needed for election; five percent is needed to remain on the ballot.) Despite Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio and Curt Schilling, among others, joining the ballot for the first time, no player received enough votes for Hall enshrinement.

This is a good opportunity to introduce a new career presentation that will be generated for every MLB baseball player.  Below is the script output for Larry Walker.

### Larry Walker 1989 – 2005

The first table represents this data model.  War is shown in the Extended Stats section.  WAA is the weighting factor that is generated by the mathematics used in this data model.  The Score column is a new concept described in this post.

Year WAA BA OBP PA RBI R Name_Tm Pos Score
1989 -0.4 0.170 0.264 56 4 4 Larry_Walker WAS RF 0
1990 0.7 0.241 0.326 478 51 59 Larry_Walker WAS RF 36
1991 0.2 0.290 0.349 539 64 59 Larry_Walker WAS RF-1B 0
1992 6.0 0.301 0.353 583 93 85 Larry_Walker WAS RF 277
1993 4.0 0.265 0.371 582 86 85 Larry_Walker WAS RF 232
1994 5.8 0.322 0.394 452 86 76 Larry_Walker WAS RF-1B 284
1995 6.8 0.306 0.381 562 101 96 Larry_Walker COL RF 285
1996 4.4 0.276 0.342 304 58 58 Larry_Walker COL CF-RF 229
1997 12.7 0.366 0.452 664 130 143 Larry_Walker COL RF 298
1998 5.9 0.363 0.445 524 67 113 Larry_Walker COL RF 261
1999 10.3 0.379 0.458 513 115 108 Larry_Walker COL RF 295
2000 2.4 0.309 0.409 372 51 64 Larry_Walker COL RF-LF 138
2001 9.7 0.350 0.449 601 123 107 Larry_Walker COL RF 292
2002 7.5 0.338 0.421 553 104 95 Larry_Walker COL RF 283
2003 3.4 0.284 0.422 564 79 86 Larry_Walker COL RF 195
2004 1.0 0.324 0.464 138 20 22 Larry_Walker COL RF 148
2004 1.4 0.280 0.393 178 27 29 Larry_Walker SLN RF X
2005 3.6 0.289 0.384 367 52 66 Larry_Walker SLN RF 214

Career WAA BAT Value = 85.4

Career WAA Ranking Score = 3467

### Extended Stats

Year WAR AB HR SB Name_Tm Score
1989 -0.2 47 0 1 Larry_Walker WAS -43
1990 3.4 419 19 21 Larry_Walker WAS 211
1991 3.4 487 16 14 Larry_Walker WAS 207
1992 5.4 528 23 18 Larry_Walker WAS 264
1993 4.3 490 22 29 Larry_Walker WAS 241
1994 4.7 395 19 15 Larry_Walker WAS 282
1995 4.7 494 36 16 Larry_Walker COL 266
1996 1.2 272 18 18 Larry_Walker COL 0
1997 9.8 568 49 33 Larry_Walker COL 299
1998 5.7 454 23 14 Larry_Walker COL 261
1999 5.1 438 37 11 Larry_Walker COL 260
2000 1.6 314 9 5 Larry_Walker COL 21
2001 7.8 497 38 14 Larry_Walker COL 291
2002 6.0 477 26 6 Larry_Walker COL 278
2003 4.4 454 16 7 Larry_Walker COL 235
2004 2.7 258 17 6 Larry_Walker TOT 138
2005 2.4 315 15 2 Larry_Walker SLN 108

Career WAR BAT Value = 72.4

Career WAR Ranking Score = 3319

The two systems are very much in agreement over Larry Walker with respect to ranking score.  I have not yet done a historical analysis as to what scores qualifies for HOF but off the top of my head any WAA over 80 should be voted in on first ballot.   Other than PEDs which Walker hasn’t been linked to in any way there is no excuse why Larry Walker has not been voted in other than perhaps  HOF voters cannot properly discern baseball stats.