Cooperstown Chronicles – Barry Larkin

May 1, 2008

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 I’ve decided to profile Barry Larkin.  Here are my findings.

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The Numbers
2180 Games
7937 At Bats
.295 Batting Average
1329 Runs
2340 Hits
441 Doubles (93rd All-time)
76 Triples
198 Home Runs
960 RBI
939 Walks 
379 Stolen Bases (83rd All-time)

Playoffs: 17 Games, 24 hits in 71 at bats (.338), 11 Runs, 5 Doubles, 2 Triples, 3 RBI, 7 Walks, 8 Steals, 1 World Series Ring

1995 MVP
3 Gold Gloves
9 Silver Sluggers
12 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 6 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Four Times
On-Base % - Three Times
Slugging % – Twice
OPS – Twice
Games – Twice
At-Bats – Once
Runs – Four Times
Hits - Three Times
Doubles – Once
Triples – Twice
Walks – Three Times
Hit By Pitch - Twice
Stolen Bases – Five Times

His numbers don’t scream Hall of Fame until you consider his positino.  Barry Larkin was one of the greatest shortstops of his era.  He did it both with his bat (9 Silver Sluggers) and his glove (3 GGs).  Not only was he great at both sides of the ball, but he was a true leader.  He tore the leather off the ball en route to a World Series victory for the 1990 Reds.  Barry was a special player, and I’m glad that I was able to watch him play.  He lived in the shadows of Cal Ripken and Ozzie Smith, but he was one of the best Shortstops of his generation.  The World Series victory and MVP helps his cause.  He certainly is a Hall of Famer by my standards.


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Mark McGwire
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Jim Rice
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Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
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Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
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Tony Mullane
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Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
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Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
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Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker
Steve Finley
Orlando Cepeda*
Albert Belle
Willie Randolph
Graig Nettles
Luis Gonzalez
Lefty O’Doul
Rocky Colavito
Boog Powell
Jerry Koosman
Mike Cuellar
Edgar Martinez
Brooks Robinson*
Roberto Alomar
Dave Stieb
John Franco
Maury Wills
Sherry Magee
Phil Rizzuto*
Orel Hershiser
Frank Viola
David Cone
Dwight Gooden
Tim Raines
Bernie Williams

* signifies actual Hall of Famers

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    May 1st, 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    This is a No Brainer. I would be shocked if he does not get in at some point, But from what i just read before posting says it will takes some time.

    I got this from “The Hardball Times” It is stats through the 2004 season.

    Alex Rodriguez .963 .735 31.0%
    Nomar Garciaparra .919 .736 24.9%
    BARRY LARKIN .815 .678 20.2%
    Cal Ripken Jr. .798 .675 18.2%
    Robin Yount .757 .641 18.1%
    Alan Trammell .767 .665 15.3%
    Derek Jeter .848 .737 15.1%
    Miguel Tejada .807 .744 8.5%
    Dave Concepcion .679 .629 7.9%
    Ozzie Smith .666 .648 2.8%*Only seasons at shortstop were included.

  2. Ryan Lester
    May 1st, 2008 at 9:06 pm #

    Larry p Nice. Seems to support his case.

  3. erik
    August 12th, 2009 at 6:55 pm #

    barry is a hall of famer. way better than omar visquel and ozzie smith. he will get in before trammel although he shouldnt but i wont be mad since ozzie smith was a first ballot hall of famer. that is a joke. ozzie should have never been a first ballot hall of famer. barry was way better all around. doing back flips and skipping balls across the astro turf dont impress me. i can make the strongest point on that guy ever i dont care how much credibility i lose. he is completely over rated. i have no problem with barry, ozzie smith just pisses me off because anybody that knows baseball knows how much better than trammel and barry were. they were way better than ozzie. their D is almost just as good, with way better arms. they should have learned to do back flips. i want to break something now just thinking about ozzie smith and gary carter. id rather have tony fernandez over ozzie smith too

  4. LestersLegends
    August 12th, 2009 at 7:00 pm #

    Let’s agree to disagree on Ozzie. I don’t think he’s the best SS ever, but a darn good one and HOF worthy in my book. I think Trammell and Larkin belong though, not at the expense of Ozzie though.

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