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Larkin Jeter Overdrive

Posted By Diane Firstman On January 4, 2011 @ 1:26 pm In 2010s,Bronx Banter,Diane Firstman,Hall of Fame | Comments Disabled

[1] Over at Baseball Prospectus [2], John Perrotto discusses his Hall of Fame Ballot.  Here is his comment on Barry Larkin:

Barry Larkin [3]—Put it this way: If Derek Jeter [4] 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 [5].

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.

So, let’s play a little “what if” game . . . you are the GM of an expansion club, and you can have either Larkin [6] or Jeter [7]‘s entire career exactly as it has played out.  Which one do you take?

(image: Baseball Almanac)

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[1] Image: http://bronxbanter.arneson.name/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/barry_larkin_autograph.jpg

[2] Baseball Prospectus: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=12667

[3] Barry Larkin: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=LARKIN19640428A

[4] Derek Jeter: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=JETER19740626A

[5] OBP: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=OBP

[6] Larkin: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/larkiba01.shtml

[7] Jeter: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jeterde01.shtml

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