Hal McCoy is talking shortstops:
An intriguing question was posed on Mark Schlemmer’s WONE-AM (980) talk show this week: Davey Concepcion or Barry Larkin?
Listeners were asked to choose which former Cincinnati Reds shortstop they would pick for their team.
Schlemmer asked me, and I said, “I’ll give you the first pick and I’ll take the other guy.”
It’s that close.
Well…no, it’s not. I love Davey Concepcion. He was a great shortstop, and a fine captain for the Reds. But he wasn’t Barry Larkin.
Larkin ranks among the best shortstops of all time, and he should be a mortal lock for the Hall of Fame (a topic we’ll discuss later). Concepcion was one of the best shortstops of his generation, and an argument can be made that he was the best of the seventies. But I’m not sure there is any way you can argue he was better than Larkin.
And that’s not a put-down. Most shortstops weren’t as good as Larkin.