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The Hall of Fame Case for Barry Larkin

January means Hall of Fame voting. Barry Larkin has been on the ballot for a couple of years now and it looks like his time might have finally come. Larkin spent 19 years and all of them were with the Reds. His last good year was 2000 but for the 1990s, he was the best shortstop in the National League. In 1995 he won an MVP and he finished with a career OPS of .815. In all, his WAR was 68.9.

While it was 1995 that he won the MVP, 1996 was his best year. He belted 33 home runs and scored a career high 117 runs and he finished with an OPS of .977, his first of three straight years where he’d top the .900 mark. Great hitter, and he was a good fielder. Of course living here in Detroit, I think Trammell deserves to get in too but that’s for someone else to argue.

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