Former Cincinnati Red, Barry Larkin was voted into baseball's Hall of Fame, receiving the honor after accumulating 86.4% of the votes
from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Larkin also receives the distinction of entering the Hall of Fame as a player who played his entire career with one club, a feat becoming more rare with each passing year.
How do you remember Barry Larkin*? I thought the occasion called for a not so thorough examination of his numbers when visiting San Diego . . .
Here's Barry Larkin's slash-line
at the time he retired:.295
He finished with 2,340 hits and 198 home runs after winning 1 World Series, 1 MVP award, 3 Gold Gloves and 9 Silver Sluggers. It bears mentioning that the Silver Slugger is awarded to the top offensive player at his position as voted on by coaches and managers -- and that Larkin has won more Silver Slugger awards
than any short stop to play the game.
Alright, so what did Larkin do while playing at Jack Murphy Stadium / Qualcom Stadium
His slash-line in San Diego is as follows:
.288 / .364 / .420 / .784
Slightly below his career norms but not bad at all.
***How about his best season at Jack Murphy?
During his MVP campaign of 1990 he absolutely destroyed Padres pitching to the tune of:.436 / .436 / .641 / 1.077
These were his best numbers at any park in 1990 and if you got yourself out to the Murph that year you witnessed Larkin at his best.
***Best game at The Murph in 1990?
On July 23rd
Larkin went 3 for 5 with 2RBI/2R/ 2*2B in a 9-2 Reds win. He pretty much destroyed the Padres in each game he played that season.
Congratulations to Barry Larkin on his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.* I remember Barry Larkin a a fantastic shortstop but to truly appreciate here's a bit of context provided by Jay Jaffe at Baseball Prospectus.**Barry Larkin only played three games in PETCO Park going 3 for 13.