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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: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:34 am

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

For all that try to compare Larkin's statistics to any other position player - just stop it.  The SS position before Larkin (with the exception of Cal Ripken) was considered a defensive position - period.  If you could bat .240, steal a few bases and have great range and hands, then you were considered a quality major league SS.  Compare Larkin offensively to any SS in the HOF who played his whole career at SS and his #s are just as good, if not better than nearly ALL of them.  Everyone talks Ripken was the offensive stud, he did have more than twice as many HRs as Larkin, but his slugging percentage was nearly the same as Larkin's.  Larkin IS the standard by which all SS today are measured today.  He could do everything, hit for average and power, sac bunted, steal, strikeout less than walked, move runners, you name it, he did it.  Whatever HIS TEAM needed him to do, he did.  And unlike most of the other offensive shortstops like Tejada and Nomar, he could actually field his position too...

Last point regarding his offensive #s to all the haters - The silver slugger award is given to the best offensive player at his position in his league (AL/NL).  Name one middle infielder with more Silver Slugger awards than Larkin...answer...NONE

Congrats to Lark - well deserved... 

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:25 am

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

i just want to know if those baseball sports writers even watch baseball if jack morris cant get in makes me wonder wtf going on in the world hellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllloo

ooooooooooooooooo 4 rings, game 7 1991, mvp, pitcher of the 80's, avg like 16 wins a year, best big game pitcher ever, 254 wins , look at teams baseball records after he left or before he got there crazy stuff he was a true leader of everyteam!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:13 am

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

barry larkin deserves it but not more then jack morris 4 rings, ace of every staff, pitched  in homer friendly parks thats why era sucks and was pitcher of the 80's hands down and prob best big game pitcher ever 1991 ring a bell sports writers what were yoiu sleeping through out his career?

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:06 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.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:34 am

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

Larkin had a stellar season in 2011. His play increased his vote total from last year and catapulted him into the HOF. Undecided

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:05 am
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Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:32 pm

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

congrats to barry larkin

Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:12 pm

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

great post... I keep forgetting tim raines isn't in, aren't these writers old enough to remember how awesome he was ?

Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:09 pm

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

Congrats, barry... I've been a fan of the reds since just before Larkin arrived, remember he and kurt stillwell were in a spring
training battle for ss... they clearly made the right choice, he was a great line drive hitting run producer, best in the NL, at his position, for years....there is alot of guys who should feel snubbed, Morris mostly, but, I can't believe Dale Murphy doesn't get more support, huge hitter best all around in NL for a few years...  also, Lee Smith was great for a long time.... congrats again barry 

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:57 pm

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

congrats to Barry Class Larkin.  From a proud lifetime Reds fan.

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