In my last post, I previewed all the former Red Sox on this year’s ballot. Today I take a look at the Canadians and other players of interest to Canada:
Eric Gagne – As already discussed in the Red Sox post, no. Just no. NO
Larry Walker – Starting his career in Montreal, he is a favorite of many Canadians. He ended his career with a .313 batting average, an even .400 OBP and 383 home runs, for an OPS+ of 141. A lot of people discredit him for his offensive output in Colorado, but keep in mind that the “+” in OPS+ is adjusted for ballpark effects. And besides, in his MVP 1997 season where he hit .366 with 49 home runs, he only hit 20 out of Coors Field. Some park effect(!).