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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, 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 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: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:37 am

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

over the past decade or so its not exclusive???  who has gotten in recently that shouldn't be in???  it took bert blyleven 15 years to get in.  there have been many years with only one inductee--unlike football and basketball where you always have 4 or 5.  if anything the baseball hall is not inclusive enough

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:17 am

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

I personally think that over the past decade or so the Hall of Fame is no longer exclusive for the the truly exceptional players. Too many very good players that played a long time compiling numbers without ever being the best at their position are getting into the Hall. It should now be considered the hall of mediocrity. BUT, with that said barry Larkin was truly a Hall of Fame player who could change a game at the plate or in the field. Congratulations Barry.

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:06 am

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

i totally agree with you. He was a special player he could do it all. also he had great range as a shortstop he didnt have the flair of ozzie smith and he didnt have the cannon of an arm as shannon dunstun but he was a stud in the field and at the plate.

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:03 am

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

Dave Concepcion WAS clearly the best defensive shortstop of HIS day,
redsfan- Mark Belanger, the Orioles SS , was equivalent DC in fielding.

Congrats to Larkin

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:41 am

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

I don't really think so. But the baseball HOF is probably the biggest joke of all the HOF's. His numbers don't jump out at me. .295 with 198 home runs, 960 RBI, 2,340 hits and 379 stolen bases in 19 years. That's 10-50 and 20 sbs a year...far from HOF numbers. Sure, I know he played good defense, but so did many others who aren't in. he won 1 ws title in 18 no, I dont think he belongs there. But theres' many guys that don't belong there. 86% of the vote? thats ridiculous.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:27 am

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

Some people lose perspective over time, and there is a whole generation of fans (and writers) that don't really remember what stats looked like without PED bias.

No disprespect intended, but the facts are, Barry Larkin did everything better than Cal Ripken, EXCEPT hit homers and stay healthy. It doesn't matter WHO Larkin's "competition" for sliver sluggers at the time was, Larkin was probably in the top 10 SS of All-Time in 95% of knowledgeable people's list. Larkin's offensive stats dominate Ozzie Smith, and the truth is, Larkin did everything on defense The OZ did, except back flips between innngs. Ozzie had some great webgems, but didn't get more than a half dozen outs a season more than Larkin, at the envelope of his range...but Larkin's superior offense and leadership made him a no-brainer choice ahead of Ozzie in my book.

Dave Concepcion WAS clearly the best defensive shortstop of HIS day, and was arguably a better hitter than Ozzie Smith, but can't get a vote. Phil Rizzuto's offensive stats are arguably worse than Ozzie Smith's, and Rizzuto is no recent "lowered bar" inductee. All these guys are deserving.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:18 am

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

.I just remember him being pretty good...not great...

I thought the same, but then today when I looked at his stats and saw an mvp award and 12 time allstar, 3x gold glove, close to 400 steals, he deserves the nod. I think that he did fly under the radar in the steroid era. Congrats to him.

It's funny you guys thought that. I was a kid when Larkin was playing, collecitng baseball cards, and he was kind of a unique stud at that time as a top-rate SS with the glove who could steal bases and get 30 HRs. I think the 9 silver sluggers tell the tale best, as it shows how superior he was as a hitter to his competition. Plus, he was the heart and soul of some playoff and championship teams, and I think that should count, too. He's not a first-ballot HOFer, but I think he got his due and got in at the right time.

Since: May 25, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:03 am

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame/okay

can someone name his competition for all those NL all star and silver sluggers in the NL? and how many would he have won with ripken in the same league?  i think he deserves the hall. but so does trammell, who did all the little things better than larkin.

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:29 am
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Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:13 am

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

Congrats da man!  Well deserved.  As a Reds fan, I was glad that the voters did the right thing & put Larkin in.  The numbers don't lie.  He was the first 30-30 shortstop & with all due respect to the Wizard (Ozzie Smith), Larkin was a better overall SS (defense & offense combined)....hands down.  ABOUT TIME!  See you in Cooperstown Barry!

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