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Todd Walker

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Todd Walker
Second baseman
Born: (1973-05-25) May 25, 1973 (age 42)
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
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Career highlights and awards

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

College

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

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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

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The Cincinnati Reds, in need of a better performance from its second base position, traded for Walker in July

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Following the season, the Boston Red Sox hired Theo Epstein as their new General Manager. One of his first moves was trading for Walker. During

  1. REDIRECT Template:Baseball year, Walker continued to provide consistent offense, hitting .283 with 13 HR and setting a career high with 85 RBIs. On September 23 that year, with the Red Sox trailing the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 in the ninth inning, Walker hit a two-out, two-strike, three-run home run off Jorge Julio to tie the game. (The Sox won, 6-5, on 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 (

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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.

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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.

References

Head baseball coach of Calvary Baptist in Shreveport

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20120521/sports0103/120521004/Calvary-fires-state-title-winning-coach-hires-Todd-Walker

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