Larry Walker, who announce retirement in October, will not play for World Baseball Classic, but willing to help
After helping the St. Louis Cardinals advanced to National League Championship Series, the native of British Columbia., three-time National League batting champion and NL most valuable player, has retired.
Entering to his second month of retirement, although Walker admits he would love the opportunity to suit up in a Team Canada uniform again, he says he need time for the herniated disc in his neck to heal without requiring surgery.
That means he won’t be able swing a bat and won’t be able to play, “Unfortunately, I have to pass on the World Classic,” said Walker, Canada’s greatest position player. “At 39, I would probably hurt more than help.”
Just because Walker won’t be in the Team Canada lineup, don’t think that means he doesn’t want to be in Scottsdale come March. “If manager Ernie Whitt would like me to be there in uniform as a coach or even to throw batting practice, whatever, I would be interested,” he said.