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Larry Walker still a long shot for Baseball Hall of Fame

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Colorado Rockies news and notes for Thursday, January 19, 2017

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Which of these players will make their way to Cooperstown first?
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Walker's Hall of Fame support jumps from '16 | ColoradoRockies.com

Despite some compelling campaigning, Larry Walker was not elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday. One of his former Montreal Expos teammates, Tim Raines, was elected in his final year of eligibility, while Iván Rodríguez earned election in his first year of eligibility and former Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell made it in in his seventh year. Thomas Harding spoke with Walker by phone, who said "What it all boils down to is I'm still on the ballot. That's a good thing for me.”

The former Rockies outfielder and 1997 MVP received 21.9 percent of the vote this time around, a jump from 15.5 percent in 2016, but still only received 97 votes. That means Walker will need about 235 more people to vote for him in order to gain election via the BBWAA. We have three years left, people. Let’s crank up the campaign.

Come to think of it, maybe we should get cranking on Todd Helton’s case now, so when he’s eligible in 2019 we’ll be ready.

2017 Prospect Watch: Top 10 Catchers | MLBPipeline.com

From the Rockies’ past to their future, MLB Pipeline is rolling out their Top 10 Prospects by position over the course of the next few weeks and yesterday a certain Rockies receiver made it onto their catcher list.

Rockies' Winter Caravan to hit road next week | Rockies.com

Mark your calendars! The Caravan (might be) coming to a city near you!