Editor’s note: This piece originally ran in January, but we’re re-running because Barry Larkin deserves it. ***Warning: I’m gonna ramble a bit here.*** On Monday, my favorite baseball player was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. I’ve been thinking about Barry Larkin a lot these last few days. If you’ve read Redleg Nation […]

Editor’s note: This piece originally ran in January, but we’re re-running because Barry Larkin deserves it. A few days ago, upon hearing of Larkin’s election to the Hall of Fame, I asked the other guys here to share a cherished Larkin memory or two.  I thought it would be nice to share them with the […]

Tomorrow, one of the greatest shortstops to ever play the game enters the Hall of Fame. You know him as Barry Louis Larkin. Now, back in January, we here at the Nation were on top of the election like a tiger on a steak, so we thought it would be nice to put together a […]

***Warning: I’m gonna ramble a bit here.*** On Monday, my favorite baseball player was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. I’ve been thinking about Barry Larkin a lot these last few days. If you’ve read Redleg Nation for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m one of these gooey, Field of Dreams-type […]

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 […]

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 […]

In my (admittedly biased) opinion, it is a crime that Barry Larkin was not elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame last year, in his first year on the ballot. His second go-round is at hand, as the 2011 ballot was released to members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday. Mark […]

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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We all have our favorites. Ask any Reds fan about their favorite player, and you’ll get a bunch of different answers, for a bunch of different reasons. Here at the Nation, I’ve written about my favorite current Reds a number of times. At the top of that list is probably Bronson Arroyo, because it’s just […]

I mused yesterday that it seemed like Joe Morgan had been around Cincinnati a lot this season. Well, now we know why. Morgan will be introduced this afternoon as the Reds’ Special Advisor to Baseball Operations. Nice to have the Hall of Famer back in the fold. Next up: Barry Larkin, I hope. UPDATE: I […]

Baseball Prospectus has published a new study comparing the great American League shortstops of the early 1990’s: Nomar Garciaparra, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez.

The article is on the payside, so I can’t say too much, other than to say BP’s fielding rating system still shows Derek Jeter to be a really poor shortstop on defense, despite his UZR rating which says he’s improved. BP also gives Garciaparra a rather poor defensive rating for the last several years, and ARod pretty much grades out as average defensively at 3B during his time with the Yankees.

However, that’s not what I wanted to note. What I noticed in the article were the overall BP “JAWS” rankings of two Reds greats, Barry Larkin and Dave Concepcion.

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Yeah, it’s only for ten days, but still…. The Fay reports: Reds bringing in Larkin to work camp for 10 days. Supposed to arrive today. We’ve been stumping for some time for the Reds to bring Larkin back into the fold (we even have a category devoted to it). Next step: hire Barry Larkin to […]