World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Todd Walker

Article Id: WHEBN0002121656
Reproduction Date:

Title: Todd Walker  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: 1993 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, LSU Tigers baseball, 1994 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, Eddy Furniss, Louisiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Todd Walker

For the American architect see Archimania

Todd Walker
Second baseman
Born: (1973-05-25) May 25, 1973
Bakersfield, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 30, 1996 for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
May 10, 2007 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
Batting average .289
Home runs 107
Runs batted in 545
Career highlights and awards

Todd Arthur Walker (born May 25, 1973, in Bakersfield, California) is a former Major League Baseball infielder.


Walker attended LSU where he led the Tigers to the 1993 national championship. He also earned the 1993 College World Series Most Outstanding Player award. In 2006, Walker was elected to the LSU Hall of Fame. In July 2009, Walker was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, TX.[1]

Professional career

In 1994, the Minnesota Twins drafted Walker with the 8th pick in the 1st Round of the amateur draft. On August 30, 1996, Walker made his major league debut with the Twins. In 1998, Walker became the starting second baseman for the Twins, hitting .316 with 12 HR, 62 RBIs, and a career best 19 stolen bases.

Over the next season and a half, Walker's offensive performance began to decline, and the Twins traded Walker to the Colorado Rockies. He responded by hitting .316 through the rest of 2000 and .297 through the first half of 2001. Walker hit 12 home runs as a member of the Rockies that year.

The Cincinnati Reds, in need of a better performance from its second base position, traded for Walker in July 2001. Walker rewarded the Reds by providing consistent offense, hitting .295 through the end of the season. In 2002, Walker enjoyed another fine year, hitting .299 with 11 HR and 64 RBIs and setting career highs with 42 doubles and 155 games played.

Following the season, the David Ortiz's walk-off home run in the tenth.)[2] The Red Sox made the playoffs and Walker stepped up his performance again; he hit .313 with three homers in the American League Division Series against the Oakland A's, and .370 with two more homers and hits in every game against the New York Yankees in the ALCS. The Red Sox were eliminated in 7 games. Walker's 5 postseason homers are still a Red Sox record. Despite his performance, Walker was allowed to leave, signing with the Chicago Cubs via free agency.

Over the next three seasons, Walker attempted to maintain his offensive performance with the Cubs, but found himself playing less, platooning with younger players. Walker hit .274 (2004), .305 (2005), and .277 (through July 2006). However, he began to share time at second base with other players like Neifi Pérez, and started to make appearances at first base and in the outfield.

At the end of July 2006, the San Diego Padres were attempting to make the playoffs while the Cubs were already out of the race. Before the trading deadline, the Padres traded low-A pitching prospect José Ceda to the Cubs for Walker, who became the new starting third baseman. He hit .282 down the stretch, and the Padres made the playoffs, but were eliminated in the first round by the St. Louis Cardinals.

In 2007, Walker attended spring training with the Padres. However, during the offseason, the Padres had restocked the team with more infielders and left-handed hitters, and after a poor performance during the exhibition season, Walker was released on March 27. On March 30, 2007, he signed with the Oakland A's.

On May 12, 2007, Walker was designated for assignment to make room for Dallas Braden. Walker was subsequently released.

Personal life

Todd is a graduate of Airline High School in Bossier City, Louisiana. He married his high school sweetheart, Katie Burns.


  1. ^
  2. ^ [1]

Head baseball coach of Calvary Baptist in Shreveport

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
  • LSU Hall of Fame: Walker's Successes Unparalleled at LSU
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.