Barry Larkin is a Hall of Famer, but Bagwell gets snubbed again
Larkin spent his entire 19-year career with the Reds, and was one of the best shortstops in baseball for years. He finished his career with a .295 average, 2340 hits and 1329 runs. He was the 1995 NL MVP, a 12-time All Star, 9-time Silver Slugger and won 3 Gold Gloves.
The most notable snub is once again Jeff Bagwell, who finished his 15-year career with 449 HR and a .297 batting average.
Other snubs, depending on whom you ask, include TIm Raines, Lou Whitaker, Alan Tramell and Jack Morris. Personally, I don't think any of them merit discussion until Bagwell is inducted. Unfortunately, Bagwell suffers from steroid suspicion, despite the fact that he has never been linked to performance enhancing drugs and never tested positive for anything.
Some players who will appear on the ballot for the first time next year: Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Curt Schilling. Next year's ballot should be very telling, in terms of how the writers will consider some of the all-time greats like Clemens, who were known PED users.
What are your thoughts? Is Larkin deserving? Did Bagwell (and/or the others) get snubbed? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
Here are the vote totals for everyone who got at least 1 vote.
Barry Larkin elected to baseball's Hall of Fame [USA Today]