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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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Comments

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:49 pm
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

Good for him (Barry), sounds like he was a good person too.  I do not follow the Reds so I do not know much about him but he sounds like a stand up guy.  Way to go!  I have to wonder one thing, will another Met's player ever make it to the Hall of Fame or even the All Star game!



Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:45 pm
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

Congrats to Barry Larkin for getting into the HOF. But every year, I always have a problem with the baseball Hall of Fame selection crew. Why only a few players? Why are some of the games greatest players left on the sideline. Jack Morris not in the HOF? Wow. Tim Raines not in the HOF? C'mon now. It was him and Rickey Henderson who made the art of base stealing popular in he 80s. Or how about Alan Trammell? Who pretty much was the same as Larkin. Lou Whitaker, another baseball player not in the HOF. Probably not a sexy pick but the guy was a solid player for years with Tammell. Larry Walker, Fred MGriff,Lee Smith, Tony Olivia, Keith Hernandez, and Steve Garvey. Those are just a few players that I can think of who aren't in the HOF but should be. The writers gotta open up the doors a bit more and allow more players into the HOF. This is sad and an injustice to those players that I listed and to the hundreds of other players equal to or better then the ones that I listed above. Baseball and the writers have to do better



Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:33 pm
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

I'm a life-long Tigers' fan but just can't buy Trammell as a HOFer.  Morris?  Absolutely!  Alan was a really nice guy and a good shortstop...he just wasn't great!  And I was sitting in the centerfield bleachers at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 1984 when Trammell blasted two WS home runs...and I still don't think he should be in Cooperstown.  Sorry Alan!



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:32 pm
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

Barry,

Thanks for the memories! Congratulations on your Hall of Fame election!!

m



Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:30 pm
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

Game 7. 1991 World Series. 36 year old Jack Morris pitches a 10 inning shutout. His 3rd game pitched in the series vs. the Braves. Maybe the best game 7 and best performance by a pitcher ever. Even if he didn't do anything else in his career, which he did, that game alone should get him into the HOF.



Since: Jun 4, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:58 pm
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

your a little bitch



Since: Jun 4, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:55 pm
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

35? really? whats that about?



Since: Jun 4, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:54 pm
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

allan tramell anyone? and while we're at it , where the hell is jack morris? he should be there just based on his 10 ing. w.s. preformance



Since: May 10, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:33 pm
 

Barry Larkin elected into Hall of Fame

Excellent to here about Larkin, one of my all time favorite player make it to the HOF.



Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:31 pm
 

Larkin elected to Hall of Fame-WHERE'S GARVEY?

Larkin was a good player,  HOF?   close but I'll buy it. BUT,  that opens the question.
WHERE IS STEVE GARVEY?   look at their numbers.  Garvey beats Larkin in almost every category. Including
Hits, Homeruns, RBI's, and MVP's ( 5 of them---  League MVP, 2 NLCS MVP's, and 2 Allstar MVP's) 

Congrats to Larkin but just sad the people the "dumb-founded" voters let out.


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