Jack Etkin/Forbes: Unexpected Celebration for Walker -- A Spot in Cooperstown


By Jack Etkin/Forbes.com

About four hours before Larry Walker got the ecstatic news Tuesday in what he called a “surreal moment,” he sent out a Tweet. He’s not active on social media, but people had been asking Walker if he thought he would get elected to the Hall of Fame.

Walker had followed Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame tracker and “wanted to give my honest thought” to those following the process.

Based on slippage that occurs from the publicly announced vote to the final total when the private votes are tabulated, Walker calculated he would receive 73.3 percent of the votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and on his 10thand final time on the BBWAA ballot fall achingly short of the 75 percent needed to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

So Walker sent out a Tweet, preparing everyone for a disappointing outcome and acknowledging his anticipated close-but-not-quite finish.

“Although I believe I’m going to come up a little short today, I still wanna thank all you that have been pulling for me and showing your support,” Walker tweeted. “I’m grateful for all of you! It’s been fun leading up to today reading everyone’s thoughts. Cheers.”

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