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Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:59 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 12:16 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


Barry Larkin will join Ron Santo in the 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame induction class. The announcement was made by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Monday afternoon.

Larkin was the only man from the 27-player ballot who received the necessary 75 percent of the vote. Larkin got 86.4 percent of the vote (495 of 573). Votes can be cast by writers who have been members of the BBWAA for at least 10 years.

Complete breakdown of the 2012 Hall of Fame voting

Larkin, 47, played his entire 19-season career for the Cincinnati Reds. The 12-time All-Star shortstop hit .295 with an .815 OPS in his career. He added 1,329 runs, 2,340 hits, 441 doubles, 198 home runs and 379 stolen bases. Larkin won the 1995 NL MVP while also adding nine Silver Sluggers, three Gold Gloves and was the starting shortstop for the 1990 World Series champion Reds.

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Looking at Wins Above Replacement by Baseball-Reference.com, Larkin trails only the following shortstops (counting years as a shorstop only): Honus Wagner, George Davis, Cal Ripken, Arky Vaughan, Bill Dahlen, Derek Jeter and Luke Appling. All but Dahlen and Jeter are in the Hall of Fame and Jeter is headed to Cooperstown five years after his retirement. Also, in Bill James' Historical Baseball Abstract, which was updated in 1999, James ranked Larkin as the sixth best shortstop of all-time.

Larkin also netted two off-field accolades, as he won the 1993 Roberto Clemente Award (given to a player that "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team") and the 1994 Lou Gehrig Award (given to a player that exhibits character and integrity both on and off the field).

"I never really thought about it as a player," Larkin told CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman Sunday. "I never thought about it until I saw some support was there. I had thought it was unattainable. My whole approach was, 'How I can better the team?' I remember guys telling me early, 'You're never going to make money hitting behind runners.' They really wanted me to be selfish. I think what they were saying is that I should turn on the ball. It's definitely something I could appreciate later. But the years I had success were the years I had great players around me."

This time around marked Larkin's third chance on the ballot. He received 51.6 percent of the vote in 2010 and 62.1 percent last year, so the trajectory -- in addition to a pretty weak first-year class -- made Larkin's induction this year likely. Still, it wasn't a sure thing by any stretch. The jump all the way to 86 percent was surprisingly large.

"The Cincinnati Reds organization and our entire city are thrilled with Barry's election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame," Reds president Bob Castellini said in a statement. "His extraordinary talent has earned him a permanent place in Cooperstown alongside Reds greats Sparky Anderson, Johnny Bench, Warren Giles, Ernie Lombardi, Bill McKechnie, Bid McPhee, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Eppa Rixey and Edd Roush. Throughout his entire life both on and off the field, Barry has represented himself and our city with the class and professionalism consistent with the ideals of the Reds, Major League Baseball and the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. He continues to be one of our game's greatest ambassadors. We are very proud that his accomplishments have been validated at the highest level by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. We look forward to the induction ceremonies in July."

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Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 7:29 am
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

But anyway, congrats to Barry Larkin!  We hardly knew ya.


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Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 5:30 pm
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Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 4:38 pm
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

The holy Hall of Fame.

It gets attention for keeping true stars out and inducting lesser stars that didn't get caught violating their holy precepts.

The current HOF concept is a big crock. 



Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:51 pm
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

Congrats to Barry Larkin!



Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:45 pm
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

And as for comparing Barry to Cal Ripken, Larkin was faster and a better base runner but Cal beats him in power stats.


ravens98fever,

 There is no question Cal had way more HRs over the course of his career, but it is interesting that Cal only had a .447 SLG%, and Barry had a .444 SLG%. I woulalso take Barry in the field every day of the week over Cal. I know Barry had more Errors, but Cal's range was suspect at best. Not hating on Cal, just tired of people (not you) who didn't watch Barry play hate on him.



Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:38 pm
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

Barry Larkin should not be in the hall of fame....period!


crfannies,

 Barry Larkin was the best all around shortstop during the 90's. If he played in New York for 19 years with the exact same numbers you would be calling him a god and outraged that he didn't get in on the first ballot. He would have had more gold gloves had the voters payed attention at the end of Ozzie's career and not just handed them to the wizard. He played SS just as well as Ozzie, better than Cal (seriously Cal had no range), hit better than Ozzie period, had more range than Cal, ran the bases better, and it is debateable that he hit better than Cal (even though OPS says Barry is better). Just because you didn't watch Barry play and don't realize how he dominated the position in the NL for a decade doesn't mean he doesn't belong. It just means you need to change the channel off of the YES network. 



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:37 pm
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

     Congrats to Barry Larkin on making the HOF.  It is good to see this honor bestowed on an individual who was a class act both on and off the fiield.  To the poster who brought up Steve Garvey, I agree Garvey was a fine player but it is unfair to compare him to Larkin.  Shortstop is a much more demanding position to play than first base.  Garvey should be compared to other first basemen when determining his HOF worthiness.  And as for comparing Barry to Cal Ripken, Larkin was faster and a better base runner but Cal beats him in power stats.



Since: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:43 pm
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

When people look at modern times and say that some players voted in were not dominant players they should look at the whole list of players in the Hall; there's quite a few players who aren't exactly all time best, voted in decades ago.  This is not the only era it's happened.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:38 pm
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

Barry Larkin deserves it. I may get slammed but he was right up there if not all around better then both Ozzie Smith and Cal Ripken. If you watched him play he was a better fielder than Cal just as good as Ozzie and a better hitter than both.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:14 pm
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

Barry Larkin should not be in the hall of fame....period!


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