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Weak Hall ballot good news for Larkin

Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 4:45 pm
Barry Larkin

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Get your indignation ready, as the 2012 Hall of Fame ballot has been mailed to the voting member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. 

The 13 new players on the ballot this season are Bernie Williams, Bill Mueller, Ruben Sierra, Vinny Castilla, Tim Salmon, Javy Lopez, Tony Womack, Terry Mulholland, Brad Radke, Jeromy Burnitz, Brian Jordan, Eric Young and Phil Nevin. None of those really seem to have much of a chance to earn the 75 percent necessary to gain enshrinement, which is good news for Barry Larkin.

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Last year Roberto Alomoar (90 percent) and Bert Blyleven (79.7 percent) got in, leaving Larkin as the highest vote-getter not to reach 75 percent. Larkin received 361 votes (62.1 percent) in his second year of eligibility, while Jack Morris (53.5 percent) was the only other player to receive at least 50 percent of the votes.

Larkin's strong showing in 2011 suggests he could get the requisite bump in his third year to get to 75 percent, but it could be close.

Players not elected can stay on the ballot for as many as 15 years, as long as they receive at least five percent of the vote.

In addition to the newcomers, Larkin and Morris, the other players on the ballot are Jeff Bagwell, Juan Gonzalez, Edgar Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Dale Murphy, Rafael Palmeiro, Tim Raines, Lee Smith, Alan Trammell and Larry Walker.

Members of the BBWAA with 10 or more years of continuous active membership are eligible to vote, including's Danny Knobler and Scott Miller.

Next year's ballot will bring more conversation and controversy, as the biggest names of the steroid era appear on the ballot, including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza and Sammy Sosa, in addition to Curt Schilling and Craig Biggio. 

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Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:20 pm

Weak Hall ballot good news for Larkin

Congrats to Barry Larkin, well deserved inclusion to the HOF.  Too bad Jack Morris wasn't included as well. One of the best big game pitchers ever!

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 5:00 pm

Weak Hall ballot good news for Larkin

Of the 60 Hall of Fame outfielders, Dale Murphy ranks 32nd in games played, 16th in Home Runs, 31st in RBI's, 59th in batting average (yes, he's ahead of Reggie Jackson, who also struck out more than Murph), tied for 4th in MVP awards, 20th in All-Star selections, 1st in Silver Sluggers, 1st in Gold Gloves and one of 4 to win the Lou Gehrig Award and one of 6 to win the Roberto Clemente Award. He's a member of the 30/30 club (back when it wasn't commonplace), he DOMINATED the 80's both offensively AND defensively. He had a consecutive games played streak that ranks 13th All-Time, was intentionally walked 159 times (leading the league with 29 one season) and, in playing for a woeful team, he had stats that were probably diminished by at least 10% due to no protection in the batting order. His career average would probably have been around .290 had he played for a stronger team. But why does it seem to be all about batting average? Lack of spectacular years? If you're going to throw that out there, kick half the members of the HoF out. Seriously. Any argument people make against Murphy should also be applied to everyone else that's in the Hall or going to be elected. They aren't, for some reason. He played at a time when you didn't have a plethora of .350 hitters or 50 home run hitters. He was arguably the BEST player of the 1980's. Period. That deserves enshrinement.

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 3:12 pm

Weak Hall ballot good news for Larkin

 Character -  No steroids. One wife. No crimes. Attended very good college

Kind of a sad commentary that fans think players should be awarded something for the above. Shouldn't we EXPECT that type of behavior and life style?

Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:25 pm

Weak Hall ballot good news for Larkin

As judgejerry stated so well, Larkins HOF credentials speak for themselves. So to say that he'll benefit from a weak class is a slap in the face to Barry Larkin. Plus, if he only reason that he gets in this year is because the other guys on the ballot stink is an indictment against the HOF itself and the clowns who vote players in. If I had a vote Larkin, Trammell and Bagwell (one of the original Killer B's) get in.

Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:53 pm

Weak Hall ballot good news for Larkin

BARRY LARKIN.   HOF credentials. 1) Character -  No steroids. One wife. No crimes. Attended very good college. Learned to speak Spanish so he could communicate better with Spanish speaking ballplayers. One team for career.  Chose home town small market team over big city.  2) stats - they speak for themslves while playing toughest position.  3) Impact -  Team captain. MVP. World series champ.   P.S.  Why doesn't the Hall of Fame create a new wing in the Hall for steroid users?  It could be called the United Steroid  Users Club.  Or U-SUC for short.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:48 pm

Weak Hall ballot good news for Larkin

Barry Larkin
Jeff Bagwell
That is all.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:54 pm

Weak Hall ballot good news for Larkin

Personally, I hope it's good news for Jack Morris.

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:55 pm
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Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:33 am

Weak Hall ballot good news for Larkin

The title of this article says all you need to know about what is wrong with HOF voting.  You are either a HOFer or you're not.  It should not matter who is on the ballot with you (oh you're on you're 3rd ballot and this time it's with 14 guys who don't have the stats but happened to retire 5 years ago so this year you get in).  And enough of this well he's a HOFer, but not a first ballot guy.  He either is a HOFer or he isn't.  Just look at the stats (even the SABR nonsense) and the MVP/Cy finishes and decide. 

Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:12 am

Weak Hall ballot good news for Larkin

You're right that it should be a hockey player, far and away the Canadian hockey player whose name is muttered most often in the Great White North is Tim Horton.  

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