Over at ESPN, Jayson Stark puts it very succinctly:

Barry Larkin is one of the greatest shortstops who ever lived. Period.

Indeed. But then, we already knew that, right?

Stark continues:

I’m not sure why this is a fact lost on most of the non-Ohioans on our fine planet. But it’s a fact I can assure you is 100 percent true. And because it’s true, you should also know this:

Barry Larkin is a Hall of Famer. An easy Hall of Famer.

Stark goes on to say that he doesn’t expect Larkin to be elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, and further, he explains why that would be a grave injustice.

Read the entire article. And someone needs to forward this piece to every Hall of Fame voter. It’s the best argument in Larkin’s defense that we’re likely to see in a mainstream media outlet.

5 Responses

  1. The Mad Hatter

    For me it was always Johnny Bench, Eric Davis and Barry Larkin as a dead heat for the title of “My favorite Red”. Great article by Stark and I have to agree why is it even a discussion as to should Barry be in the Hall of Fame.

  2. REDS1

    Thank you Jason. He is a “no-doubter”.

  3. MikeC

    Stark’s article reinforced what I already thought about Larkin – that he was the best shortstop of his time. It also makes a case that he was the best SS of all time in offensive performance in relation to his peers.
    The article says the next best after Larkin in this category was Concepcion. I always wondered why Davey has so little support for the HOF. It seems to me that he was considered the best SS of his time too.

  4. Mark in CC

    Larkin is a Hall of Famer but I think Davey deserves the nod first.

    If you consider the shortstop the best infielder on your team, and the key to your defense up the middle. Then the shortstop on one of the top five teams of all time, and the team of the Decade in the 70s, then it should be Concepcion hands down.

    If Reese and Rizzuto are Hall of Famers then they should be hanging Davey’s on the wall.

    I think Larkin was hurt way to much to be considered on the first couple of years of eligibility. Only played 150 games+ 4 times.

  5. Kurt Frost

    How can you be a hall of famer on the second ballot but not a hall of famer on the first ballot. You’re either a hall of famer or not.