Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Larkin: Top 50 HOFer of all time

There wasn’t much doubt that Barry Larkin was going to land in the Hall of Fame.  Now that the Cincinnati native is in, where does he place amongst the greats before him?  With a stunning 86.4% of the BBWAA votes, Barry lands in the top 50. According to the Baseball Almanac, Barry earned a spot at number 40, between Ted Lyons (86.45%) and George Sisler (85.77%). The only shortstops with a higher percentage of votes are Cal Ripkin Jr. (98.53%), Honus Wagner (95.13%), and Ozzie Smith (91.74%). Barry Larkin had outscored other notable shortstops like Luis Aparicio, Luke Appling, and Ernie Banks.  Only 5 other previous Reds players have scored higher than Larkin; Tom Seaver, Johnny Bench, Christy Mathewson, Frank Robinson, and Harry Heilmann

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