Just want to make sure …

… that we’re not the only ones thinking there’s a good chance that next Monday (Jan. 9) it will be announced that former Reds great Barry Larkin will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, as he deserves.

Over the weekend, MLB Network’s “Hot Stove” panel talked about some of the possible inductees and why they will or won’t be part of the upcoming class and didn’t even mention Larkin. I assume that’s because they’re presuming he’ll get in based on his percentage from last year and they just wanted to discuss some guys who are iffy or might sneak in this year.

Also, I visited the Hall of Fame’s official site – baseballhall.org – and there’s a huge ad on the site for Sports Travel and Tours, which offers packages for the induction weekend July 20-22. Curious about what they were offering, I clicked on the ad, which took me to sportstravelandtours.com. Right at the top, it has “Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, Friday, July 20, 2012 to Sunday, July 22, 2012,” followed by this:

2012 Possible Inductees include: Ron Santo, Javy Lopez, Tim Salmon, Ruben Sierra, Bernie Williams

Javy Lopez, Tim Salmon and Ruben Sierra?? Really? C’mon. As John Erardi points out, Larkin will be the only name submitted on a lot of ballots this year. Santo was already voted in posthumously last month by the Veterans Committee, but how are you not going to include Larkin in that short list of possible inductees? Fail.

5 Comments

  1. JTNo Gravatar

    I guess Larkin isn’t a big enough name…but Salmon isn’t really either. I heard some rumblings about the weak ballot this year and the businesses are worried that attendance will be down since Santo has passed and Larkin was a 1-town player.

  2. MHNo Gravatar

    There are only 2 players from my beloved Cincinnati Reds whose memorabilia proudly hangs upsidedown in my mancave’s restroom, Ken Grumpy Jr and Barry “Selfish” Larkin. I am 99% sure Larkin will be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame on Monday. I am OK with that. I have to hand it to Lark that he played his entire career with our Reds and his numbers are in line with HOF shortstops. It was his selfishness that handicapped the Reds financially during his last years here. He was more concerned with his “Benjamins” than he was with being a member of a championship contending team. He would not consider moving down in the batting order or switching postions to improve the team. He left early ( with Griffey ) for the off-season before that last game was finshed in front of his teammates. Nice play by the captain! The Hall of Fame is very lenient on who they let in. I am OK with Larkin but I will puke the day they induct Ken Grumpy Jr. To me, there is no room in the Hall for lazy, talant wasting, fan hating outfielders that were only good during the early half of their careers. Thanks for letting me vent.

  3. Wow. Not really sure where that came from MH. Can’t say I agree either. But hey…we all have our opinion!

  4. I have said a few times on other blogs that 2012 is going to be a great year for the Reds. Larkin getting into the Hall Of Fame is just the start.

  5. DanNo Gravatar

    MH – No problem on the venting. That’s we’re he for!

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