Paul Daugherty wrote a very nice piece in today’s Enquirer. The Washington Post talks about how Barry, along with Cal Ripken, transformed the shortstop position. Detroit Free Press talks about how Barry’s path took him through Ann Arbor. The NY Times talks about the Michigan connection also, along with Barry’s brother Mike (Notre Dame LB). […]

It’s just been announced that Barry Larkin, Cincinnati native and all-time Reds great, has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He was the only player elected and he received 86% of the vote. (Here’s Baseball Reference’s HOF page.) Congratulations to Barry Larkin from Redleg Nation. Barry is the first Red elected to […]

We’ve changed the name of the site (temporarily). Check it out above. The announcement of the 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame class will come this afternoon, around 3 pm. Hoping for great news. Chad DotsonBlame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever […]

There have been a lot of predictions written about this year’s baseball Hall of Fame election. But I think the most interesting article came from Chris Jaffe of the Hardball Times. This past week, he published his 5th annual projection of the Cooperstown election results. It goes further than just making predictions. Jaffe has developed […]

Lots of interesting items in relation to the 2012 schedule, which was just released yesterday. From the Reds press release: The 2012 campaign will begin with Opening Day on Friday, April 6 against the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park (Marlins changing from Florida name to Miami). After that 3-game series, the Reds will […]

Interesting question posed by Rob Neyer. Chad DotsonBlame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & […]

This is a complete disgrace. I’m not sure why anyone would take the Hall of Fame voting process seriously when clowns like Barry Stanton — who clearly do not take the process seriously — have a vote. This guy voted for Tino Martinez and B.J. Surhoff, yet didn’t vote for Roberto Alomar or Bert Blyleven […]

Not to put too fine a point on it…but what a load of horse manure. As predicted, Barry Larkin finished third in the Hall of Fame balloting, with 62.1% of the vote. Two deserving candidates were elected, however — Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar. Yeah, Larkin is likely to be inducted next year, but that […]

Today’s the big day for Barry Larkin and his legion of fans; the National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce the Class of 2011 this afternoon. There is no question whatsoever that Barry Larkin is a Hall of Famer, and it’s a disgrace that he wasn’t elected last year, in his first year of eligibility. […]

Our friend John Erardi at the Enquirer analyzes Barry Larkin’s chances for HOF induction in 2011: Voting analyst Bill Deane expects Barry Larkin to fall short of the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. A minimum of 75 percent of the vote is required for election Deane projects that Larkin will get a modest bump […]

Today, Joe Posnanski has published his “eight definites” for the Hall of Fame: the “eight players on this year’s ballot who are clearly above my Hall of Fame standard.” I agree with every single one of them, and I especially concur that anyone voting for Jack Morris and not voting for Bert Blyleven is a […]

When Joey Votto won the 2010 National League MVP Award, it marked the 12th time that a Red had won the Award since it’s inception in 1911 (no award was given from 1915-23 or in 1930).

Reds winners are listed below, and in deference to Joey Votto’s quote about batting average (“we all know that batting average is kind of an overrated statistic”), I’ll use more modern metrics for their performance.

1938, Ernie Lombardi, catcher, .342 batting average/.391 OBP/.524 SLP
1939, Bucky Walters, pitcher, 27-11, 2.29 ERA, 137 K’s
1940, Frank McCormick, 1st base, .309/.367/.482
1961, Frank Robinson, outfield, .323/.404/.611
1970, Johnny Bench, catcher, .293/.345/.587
1972, Johnny Bench, catcher, .270/.379/.541
1973, Pete Rose, outfield, .338/.401/.437
1975, Joe Morgan, 2nd base, .327/.466/.508
1976, Joe Morgan, 2nd base, .320/.444/.576
1977, George Foster, outfield, .320/.382/.631
1995, Barry Larkin, shortstop, .319/.394/.492
2010, Joey Votto, 1st base, .324/.424/.600

You most likely know about most, if not all, of these guys. Lombardi, Walters, and McCormick were stars that played with the 1939-40 Reds teams. Robinson was the best player of the late 50’s/early 60’s and played on the 1961 World Series team. Bench, Rose, Morgan, and Foster were stars from the Big Red Machine World Series teams. Larkin was a star from the 1990 World Series team, and Votto broke many Reds hitting records from this past season.

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