Monday, January 9, 2012
Congratulations, Mr. Larkin
Congrats to Barry Larkin on being elected to the Hall of Fame!
Often overshadowed by shortstops of the likes of "The Iron Man" and "The Wizard" during his playing days, Larkin is just the second lifelong Red to be elected to the HOF, along with Johnny Bench.
Larkin was a twelve-time All-Star and captured the NL MVP award in 1995.
Larkin was the first shortstop to join the 30-30 club, posting 30 homers and 36 stolen bases in 1996.
Some of Larkin's totals: 2,340 career hits. A .295 career batting average. A .371 career on-base percentage.
I was surprised that he didn't get in last year, but I'm glad the voters put him in this year. He was a sure-fire HOFer in my book.
Larkin received 86.4 percent of the vote, easily eclipsing the 75 percent needed for induction into the HOF.
The next highest was Jack Morris, who received 66.7 percent of the vote. I'm not so sure that Morris should be in the Hall, but I think he'll get in next year since he was on the cusp this year.
I really think Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines should be in. I'm hoping that both will eventually be inducted. Bagwell received 56 percent of the vote this year, and Raines received 48.7 percent.
I don't think he should be in the Hall, but I thought Bernie Williams would get more than the 9.6 percent of the vote that he got this year.
Believe it or not, the following did actually get HOF votes this year (much thanks to "Cards from the Quarry for the lists!) : Bill Mueller (4 votes), Brad Radke (2 votes), Javy Lopez (1 vote), Eric Young (1 vote). (Thankfully, Ruben Sierra and Tony Womack didn't receive any votes.)
Eric Young was a fine player during his career, but whoever gave him that vote shouldn't be allowed to vote anymore. And how the heck did Bill Mueller get four votes?
Anyways, congrats to the newest member of the Hall of Fame, Barry Larkin!
You certainly deserve it.