Walker is 234th to reach milestone

Updated: July 2, 2004, 12:04 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Colorado Rockies slugger Larry Walker became the 234th player -- 24th active -- to reach 2,000 hits when he doubled off Milwaukee's Ben Sheets on Wednesday night.

Walker hit a soft liner to third in his first at-bat, then turned on a pitch in the fourth inning that landed just inside the line in right. The fans gave Walker a standing ovation after he reached second and he responded by taking off his cap, waving and patting his heart.

He finished 1-for-4 in the Rockies 5-4 loss.

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Walker, in his 16th season, is the first Canadian-born player to reach the milestone, and one of 40 players with 2,000 hits, 300 homers, 1,000 runs, 1,000 RBI and 400 doubles.

The five-time All-Star and 1997 NL MVP is a career .315 hitter and one of 12 players in NL history to win at least three batting titles. He's also a seven-time Gold Glove winner.

Walker, in his 10th season with Colorado, is the Rockies' all-time leader in 12 categories, including home runs, RBI, hits and games played.

Walker entered Wednesday's game hitting .350 in seven games since coming off the DL on June 21. He missed the season's first 68 games with a strained groin.

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