Over at Baseball Prospectus, John Perrotto discusses his Hall of Fame Ballot. Here is his comment on Barry Larkin:
Barry Larkin—Put it this way: If Derek Jeter had range, he’d be Barry Larkin. That’s not a knock on Jeter, just how little Larkin was appreciated because he played away from the spotlight with the Reds during his entire 19-year career. He won nine Silver Sluggers, three Gold Gloves, and had a .371 OBP.
We are all keenly aware of the myopic view of Jeter . . . the “winner” . . . the “heart and soul” of the Yanks recent run of excellence . . . the “nice guy”. We are also aware of Jeter’s warts . . . the DP machine at the plate . . . the lack of range.
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