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Lawrie, 29, was a first-round draft pick by the Brewers in 2008. He spent four seasons with the Blue Jays, one with the Athletics and one with the White Sox before he was released by Chicago in March 2017. He has a.261 batting average with 71 home runs, 41 stolen bases and 253 RBIs.Baseball Hall of Fame 2020: Surge in support means Larry Walker could reach Cooperstown.We are going to talk about buy stubs mlb the show 19 Larry Walker in a moment, I promise. But first, a preamble.If you've followed baseball's Hall of Fame process at all over the past several years, you've no doubt heard voters — including myself (often) — complain about a crowded ballot. And you're probably annoyed by now, either at us grumbling voters or at the Hall, which has long limited eligible BBWAA voters to 10 check marks on a ballot that includes 30-something MLB The Show 19 players who made the cut.

MORE: Derek Jeter tops list of newcomers on 2020 HOF ballotAnd I get it. I do. Nobody likes a complainer. The ballot crunch, though, is a REAL THING for those of us who feel more than 10 MLB The Show 19 players have careers worthy of a spot in Cooperstown. Try as we might, it's impossible to fit 12 or 13 guys into 10 spots, and some deserving MLB The Show 19 players wind up with blank boxes next to their names every year. Recently, I wrote a column about my Fred McGriff dilemma. I believe he will one day wind up with a spot in the hallowed Plaque Gallery, but I didn't vote for him in my three years with a ballot. This was McGriff's last chance to be elected by the BBWAA, his 10th year on the ballot. When I posted my column on Twitter, I included this line: "But I do think he belongs in Cooperstown, and I feel confident he will wind up with a bronze plaque in a couple years."The reply below seemed to resonate with other Twitter users, receiving a slow but steady stream of likes over the next couple of hours.

 If you "think he belongs in Cooperstown" then you should vote for him to be "in Cooperstown". If only the voting process was that simple. As I wrote in the column, few MLB The Show 19 players — if any — were more impacted by the crowded ballot than McGriff, a consistently excellent slugger who wasn't a no-doubt Hall of Famer, but certainly did enough to belong. I won't rehash here.So now let's talk about Larry Walker. For most of his eligibility, Walker wasn't just stagnant, he was trending in the wrong direction. Players who spend multiple years with less than 25 percent of the vote don't often sniff BBWAA election. He's in his ninth year on the ballot — you only get 10 now, remember? You see the jump in 2018, right? And this year, Walker finished with a rather stunning 54.6 percent of the vote. For the first time in his time on the BBWAA ballot, there's hope that he could actually be elected without the help of a veterans committee.

 Not just chip-and-a-chair hope, but pretty realistic hope.So what happened? Two factors played a role, one larger than the other. First: The ballot has cleared up. Finally. In the past two years, seven greats — first-year candidates Ivan Rodriguez, Chipper Jones and Jim Thome and holdovers Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman — have been elected by the BBWAA. Seven!That's the equivalent to taking dynamite to a jammed river after a massive flood stacked up trees and debris against a bridge. The backed-up water finally can move forward. MORE: Ranking the top 79  MLB the show stubs  free agents for 2019In Walker's first seven years of eligibility, every ballot featured at least seven eventual Hall of Famers and as many as 12 Cooperstown-bound stars, and that list doesn't include PED-associated Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa complicating matters, or guys like Curt Schilling, McGriff and Billy Wagner who could eventually get in, too. The question was never as simple as "Is Larry Walker a Hall of Famer?" The question was always, "Where does Larry Walker rank on your list?"