Todd Walker and Alex Ochoa, showing off their synchronized home plate routine

Todd Walker and Alex Ochoa, showing off their synchronized home plate routine

The Huntdown
 
Name: Todd Walker
 
Claim to Fame, Minnesota: taken by the Twins with the 8th pick in the first round of the 1994 MLB Draft (three picks before Nomar Garciaparra, five picks before Paul Konerko), Walker was first called up to the bigs in 1996. He became the starting 2nd baseman in 1998, and soon took up residence in Tom Kelly’s Doghouse for Players Who Can Hit But Aren’t Always Fundamentally Sound in 1998 (he bunked with Marty Cordova in the Brian Harper Suite). He was eventually traded along with Twins legend Butch Huskey to the Rockies for Todd Sears and cash money in 2001. (Proprietor note: Walker was leading the AL in batting in mid-August 1998 with the Twins, with a .351 BA, before settling back down and finishing at .316).
 
Claim to Fame, Everywhere Else: built some solid journeyman cred after the trade, playing for the Reds, Red Sox, Cubs, Padres and Athletics before Oakland DFA’d him in 2007 for Dallas Braden. Impress your friends by noting that he holds the Boston record for most home runs in a single postseason. Prior to his major league career, Walker was a celebrated college player at LSU, collecting numerous honors, including 1993’s College World Series Most Outstanding Player. He was named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009. Impress your friends by noting that this ceremony took place in Lubbock, Texas, on the Fourth of July weekend. Here’s a picture of him waving at the parade.
 
Where He Is Now: the college HoF item from Lubbock is the most recent news I can find on him. Wiki says he married his high school sweetheart and the ESPN article linked above notes that they have a daughter named Riley and live in Louisiana. 
 
Is He On Twitter: I don’t think any of these fellows are him.
 
Glorious Randomness: what level of A-ball would Tom Kelly have demoted Delmon Young to this year? I think it would be high-A Fort Myers, but I could see him sending Young straight to Beloit after he misplayed another single into a triple. Please debate this in the comments, or leave your potential 2010 Tom Kelly Minnesota Twins starting lineup there, recognizing that Jay Canizaro is starting at 2nd.

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