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Larry Walker opens up as he prepares for Hall of Fame induction

JUPITER, Fla. — After the call to Cooperstown came in December, former Cardinals star Ted Simmons said his life sped up, and he has loved it.

“Everything’s going at 150 miles an hour,” he said. “And I don’t want it going 149.”

Outfielder Larry Walker, who finished his career with the Cardinals in 2005, hopes his Hall of Fame selection, announced only last week, doesn’t alter his life too much.

“I don’t know who it was that said it first — that my life is going to change but the person inside this skin is not going to change.