Rockies to Retire Larry Walker’s Jersey Number in April
Larry Walker had an amazing career in the MLB, spending many of his seasons with the Colorado Rockies, where he was fan favorite and racked up an impressive series of stats and accomplishments along the way.
Between 1995-2004, Larry Walker played parts of 10 seasons with the Rockies. When he signed his first four-year contract as a right fielder with Colorado, it was the largest agreement since the strike, worth nearly $22.5 million dollars.
During his time with the team, Walker batted .334 (1,361-for-4,076) with 297 doubles, 44 triples, 258 home runs, 848 RBI, 126 stolen bases and 584 walks. He still ranks first in Rockies history for batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and falls just behind Helton, ranking second in runs, hits, doubles, home runs and RBIs. Last year, fans voted the legendary Walker to the club's All-Time 25-Man Roster.
The Rockies organization has announced that Walker's jersey #33, will be retired in a ceremony taking place prior to the 1:10 p.m. home game against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 19. Ironically, Walker actually finished out his career playing for the Cardinals.
Walker is the second Rockie to have his number retired – the first being Todd Helton. His number will hang inside Coors Field, alongside Helton's #17, #42 which was retired across the league in 1997 in honor of Jackie Robinson, and the initials of Rockies' late president Keli McGregor.
In addition, Walker is in his 10th and final year of eligibility on the Hall of Fame ballot , with the results being announced on January 21.