Barry Larkin Elected To The Hall Of Fame

An article by posted on January 9, 2012

Congratulations to Barry Larkin on his election into the Hall of Fame.

Here is the how the voting went down for the top five players: Barry Larkin 86%, Jack Morris 67%, Jeff Bagwell 56%, Lee Smith 51%, and Tim Raines 49%

Barry Larkin was the only player to be inducted which is exactly how our MMO Hall of Fame vote turned out on Sunday.

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MMO Nominates Barry Larkin To The Hall Of Fame

A 12-time All-Star and 1995 NL MVP, Barry Larkin redefined the shortstop position and spent his entire major league career with the Cincinnati Reds from 1986-2004. He’s a nine-time Sliver Slugger Award winner, and was a key member of the Reds team that swept the A’s in the 1990 World Series.

A class act throughout his career, Larkin hit .295 with 198 home runs, 960 RBIs, 2,340 hits and 379 stolen bases. Defensively he was one of the best and although he was overshadowed by Ozzie Smith for most of his career, he still won three Gold Gloves.

More about our votes:

On my ballot I voted for Barry Larkin, Tim Raines, Jack Morris and Alan Trammell.

The voting was all very different which I found very interesting. We had Derek who selected nine players and Jessep who selected seven to Stephen and Joe Spector who each chose just one player.

We had two Honorary Readers, Met Maniac and Kay, join in the vote and neither voted for the same players among their five combined selections.

Ben Yoel cast his ballot past our deadline because he hadn’t checked email in a few days. I told him I’d include it anyway because I decided to post this on Sunday rather than Friday which was my original. When I went to add his ballot to all the ones I tallied already and saw he hadn’t voted for Larkin, I got real panicky thinking that we may have not elected anyone. Whew, Larkin just squeaked by. We’re a tough bunch I guess.

Barry Larkin appeared on 20 of 26 ballots that were cast which earned him 76.9% of the vote. Now that’s cutting it close…

The rest of the vote went as follows:

Tim Raines – 61.5% (16 votes)

Jeff Bagwell – 50.0% (13 votes)

Jack Morris – 42.3% (11 votes)

Edgar Martinez – 38.5% (10 votes)

Alan Trammell – 19.2% (5 votes)

Don Mattingly – 15.4% (4 votes)

Rafael Palmeiro – 11.5% (3 votes)

Lee Smith - 11.5% (3 votes)

Fred McGriff - 12% (3 votes)

Mark McGwire – 7.7% (2 votes)

Larry Walker - 7.7% (2 votes)

Bernie Williams - 7.7% (2 votes)

Ruben Sierra – 3.8% (1 vote) *Ineligible for 2013 ballot

Dale Murphy - 3.8% (1 vote) * Ineligible for 2013 ballot

Players who failed to receive any votes and would be ineligible for the 2013 ballot include: Juan Gonzalez, Jeromy Burnitz, Vinny Castilla, Brian Jordan, Javy López, Bill Mueller, Terry Mulholland, Phil Nevin, Brad Radke, Tim Salmon, Tony Womack and Eric Young.

Congratulations, Barry… We hope to see your name announced on Monday and look forward to seeing you during the 2012 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

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Here are some comments random comments that some of our voters had regarding there own votes:

  • I would go with Tim Raines. To me Raines was to the NL what Rickey Henderson was to the AL. While Henderson will always remain in his own category, only Raines in my opinion has ever come close to being a similar player as Rickey. Playing in Montreal where he didn’t get the press coverage may have reduced his exposure. The man was incredible.  ~ Joe Spector
  • Regarding Barry Larkin, he’s a 12-time all star and was the first shortstop to ever go 30-30. He has an MVP to his name, has more walks than strikeouts, has nine silver sluggers and three gold gloves. He received 62.1 percent of the vote last year, and should reach the necessary 75 percent this year. This one was easy. ~ Andrew
  • Before we argue and debate this new crop of Hall of Fame eligibles from the steroids era ad nauseam, we still have some unfinished business and need to get Jack Morris, Lee Smith, Alan Trammell and Tim Raines elected. So that’s who I’m voting for. We can sort through the cheats from the steroids era, after the lasts holdovers from the clean era get in. ~ Rob Johnson
  • Don Mattingly was an MVP winniner, 6 time all-star, 9 Gold Gloves, a batting title, twice he lead the league in hits and twice in total bases. ~ Greg Pomes
  • Larkin, Bagwell, Raines, and Martinez should be in already – no question in my mind. I hate the DH, but I see no solid argument against Martinez. Gonzalez, Palmiero, McGwire… I just can not see. The kid in me will not allow it. ~ Satish
  • Larry Walker has put up some impressive numbers in 17 seasons.  Walker hit 383 HR’s, 1311 RBI’s, a .565 SLG, and a BA of .313. Those numbers to me seem HOF worthy. – Brandon
  • In the steroid era, it’s easy to group all the power hitters into the category of “steroid user.” However, Jeff Bagwell was never linked to steroids and thus is worthy of Hall of Fame consideration. The man had the “fastest hands in the West” when he played for the Houston Astros. He maybe did not reach the 500 home run plateau but his other stats speak for themselves. Though maybe he wasn’t a first ballot Hall of Famer, Bagwell deserves to be in this time around. ~ Jim Mancari
  • Jack Morris was a  fantastic starting pitcher, a huge big game pitcher, a war horse. He should have been elected to the Hall Of Fame already. ~ Petey Pete
  • I’m on the fence with Jeff Bagwell, but because the #1 reason people seem to leave him off their ballot is because “they think” he “may” have taken steroids. Therefore he’s on my ballot. ~ Jessep
  • I will never vote for someone who tests positive for PEDs, period. ~ Clayton
  • Bernie Williams, Barry Larkin and Jack Morris are the deserving players to go to the hall at this time. I am sure the others on my list will get in someday, but probably not this year. ~ Derek
  • Mark McGwire is certainly a part of baseball history. He did use andro, but it was not banned by baseball at the time. Rafael Palmerio will lose some votes because of the failed PED test, but he is one of the game’s greats. He cheated in an era of cheaters. ~ Robert Knapel
  • With the exception of Gil Hodges and Keith Hernandez, the fact that Lee Smith is not in the HOF is a joke. He was the all-time saves leader up until 2006 and still, in this era of closers, he remains 3rd all time (478 saves) He has a career 3.03 ERA, lower than Eck’s 3.50, but Eck is in the HOF. Gossage and Fingers are in, but yet they have more blown saves than Smith. If Eck, Gossage and Fingers are in, then Smith definitely should be. ~ Rob (Tie Dyed)
  • Barry Larkin is considered by many to be a Hall of Famer, but Alan Trammell who was as dominant a shortstop in his era is still on the outside looking in. Why? A six-time All Star with four gold gloves, three silver sluggers, and was voted in the Top 10 in MVP three times including second in 1987 when he batted .347. And at a time when there wasn’t two dozen .300 hitters every season, Trammell did it seven times. ~ Joe D.
  • Barry Larkin because he also helped revolutionize the SS position and one of the last few that played his whole career for one team. Tim Raines because he was the second best base stealer behind Rickey Henderson. Jack Morris because 254 wins shows his longevity and one of the best world series pitching performances of all time. Don Mattingly because I worked for him, haha. – Matt
  • Edgar Martinez revolutionized the DH position for the Mariners. He played 18 big seasons and his all-time average stands at .312! Hit .300 and above every year from 95′ to 01′. One of the best all around hitters of all-time. Definitely deserves the call. ~ Ben Yoel

This is why despite all of the grief the BBWAA gets, I still say it’s a great and very fair voting system. It allows for an amazing amount of diverse ideas and opinions, and I learned that just from our own vote.

I would have never imagined that Barry Larkin would be the only player we selected  in our own HOF vote, and yet that’s exactly what happened. It might happen again on Monday.

I would like to thank XtreemIcon for launching this initiative on MMO – and you can look forward to a MMO Hall of Fame vote every year moving forward.

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