I am a little slow on posting this but I thought I would get it out there for people who have not had a chance to hear it yet. Brandon Phillips, Reds All Star 2nd Baseman, joined MLB Network Radio and gave his thoughts on his possible extension and Barry Larkin getting in the HOF. I am not sure if Cincinnati Reds and Walt Jocketty are not willing to re-sign Phillips or if they want to but just don’t want to commit to a lot of years, either way it will be a great 2012 season and I am looking forward to seeing how the team does with the new pitchers they got this offseason.
I found myself amazed when the Hall Of Fame announcement came in today that Barry Larkin got voted in. I knew he would but still found myself fist pumping and screaming in joy when the announcement came out. I remember watching Barry Larkin playing and how amazing of a player he was on and off the field. A lot of childhood memories came back today and it was a lot of fun.
Now that all is said and done I find myself a bigger fan of baseball then I was earlier today. A player like Barry Larkin got more votes over some players that in my time were “Gods” in the eyes of some of my fellow fans. I might have to explain a bit before I go on, I grew up mostly in the steroid era of baseball when many players used or were “accused” of using PEDs. I remember most of these players before they used and saw what happened after, so to see Barry Larkin get voted in today brought on a great enjoyment for the sport all over again. A pure player like Barry Larkin beat out these players that had an “edge” over the rest. A great day for baseball!
Larkin was a great player to watch play the game and I wish there were more players like him today. Cincinnati Reds now have something to build on before they even start the 2012 season and I really hope this gives them the boost they need to win over 100 games.
Watching Eric Davis talk about his fellow team-mate get into the Hall of Fame was amazing. The thing that really got me happy to be a Reds fan though was when Sean Casey came on to talk about it. In that short period of time that he talked He was not a former baseball player who played with Larkin, he was a fan just like you and I and it was “awesome!”
The Reds are far from over with getting players into the Hall Of Fame. There are many on the team right now that will one day share the same honor Barry Larkin did today and I can’t wait to see what is said by their peers and fans.
So once again, congratulations to Barry Larkin. I have always been a huge fan and what you did on the field in a “tainted” time is a big reason I became a Cincinnati Reds fan in the first place. You, truly deserve to be there.
I was not the first, nor will I be the last to write about Barry Larkin getting into the Hall of Fame. I never had a post ready to post when the news came in so I have to be honest and tell you, I am writing this while I listen to Barry Larkin talk about getting into the Hall of Fame. Cincinnati Reds are going to have a great year in 2012 and this is just the start.
One great moment right now is watching Eric Davis talk to Barry Larkin. Two great players in Reds history sharing in a wonderful moment.
As a reds fans for many years and a person that can say I watched Barry Larkin start and finish his career in Cincinnati. Thank you Barry for great memories and congratulations on getting into the Hall of Fame.
With Barry Larkin and the rest of Reds Nation waiting to hear if he gets into the Hall Of Fame, I wanted to see what pitchers he did well against. I also added which ones struck him out the most and hit him the most. I have said many times on many different blogs that I really think this is the first big news for the Cincinnati Reds in 2012. 2012 will go down as the year Barry Larkin made it into the Hall of Fame and the Reds won the World Series!
Barry Larkin most hits against pitchers (career)
H Tom Glavine 29 Greg Maddux 26 Andy Benes 24 John Smoltz 24 Doug Drabek 23
Barry Larkin most home runs against pitchers (career)
HR Jim Deshaies 5 Zane Smith 4 Donovan Osborne 4 Tom Glavine 3 John Smoltz 3
Barry Larkin most walks against pitchers (career)
BB Tom Glavine 14 Denny Neagle 8 Danny Jackson 8 Terry Mulholland 7 Mike Hampton 7
Barry Larkin most strike outs against pitchers (career)
SO Greg Maddux 11 Andy Benes 9 Fernando Valenzuela 9 Mike Bielecki 8 John Smoltz 7
Barry Larkin most HBP against pitchers (career) – Larkin had 2 plate appearances against Joaquin Andujar and got hit both times.
HBP Ron Darling 4 Greg Maddux 2 Dennis Martinez 2 Jose DeLeon 2 Joaquin Andujar 2
Barry Larkin went 5 for 5 on Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Cinergy Field against San Diego Padres. Matt Clement started that day for the Padres. Brandon Kolb and Carlos Almanzar also pitched for San Diego that day. The Reds went on to win that game 11 to 5. Ron Villone got the win and Elmer Dessens got the save.
Batting 2nd that day in the batting order, Larkin went on to hit 5 times with 2 home runs, 4 RBIs and 4 runs. Pokey Reese, Ken Griffey, Dante Bichette, Dmitri Young, Sean Casey, Aaron Boone and Ed Taubensee were in the starting lineup that day with Larkin.
Of course we all know that Barry Larkin is a very hot topic right now and many Reds fans want to know if he will be voted into the Hall of Fame. I would love to see Larkin in the Hall of Fame this year because I remember seeing him play when I first started off as a Reds fan. He is one of the reasons I am a Reds fan. He is up against some top players all deserving to be in the Hall of Fame but as a Reds fan I really hope Barry Larkin gets in this year, it will give Reds fans even more to cheer for in 2012. For more information about the 2012 Hall of Fame results check out Better Off Red.
Barry Larkin going 5 for 5 on the Cincinnati Reds.
Date Tm Opp Rslt AB R H HR RBI 2000-06-24 CIN SDP W 11-5 5 4 5 2 4
As I was checking out baseball news today I tried to remember when I first started cheering for the Cincinnati Reds and was amazed that I have been a loyal fan for close to 20 years now. Of course there were years where I did not cheer as loud as others but I have never jumped any band wagons and trust me many years it was a tough battle not to. I have seen good players and I have seen bad. I got to see young players become Gods and older players prove they were still good enough to play. I have shed lots of tears and drank lots of beers cheering them on. (Where I come from we say beer or beers so don’t correct me, I was just letting it flow.)
When I first became a fan it was not easy for me to watch any of their games. We only got Toronto Blue Jays games most of the time and once and awhile they would show Montreal Expos games. That is when I would watch the Reds play them. It was very tough to be a fan at this time but I kept strong and it paid off in 1990 when they went on to win the World Series. Chris Sabo, Billy Hatcher, Eric Davis, Barry Larkin, Mariano Duncan, Hal Morris, Ken Griffey (Sr., thank you very much.) Tom Browning, Jose Rijo, Norm Charlton, Danny Jackson, Rob Dibble, Randy Myers, Scott Scudder and Chris Hammond are names I will remember for the rest of my life. It also explains why I never liked Tony LaRussa much when I was younger, and then when he came to St. Louis it got worse. I respect him cause of how great of a manager he was but he ranks high as one of my most hated managers of all time. Lou Piniella on the other hand has a mixed reaction from me. I loved him and then hated him.
I love looking at the history of the franchise and love to see them still going strong today. The Reds will always be a big part of the National League and people can not talk about the history of baseball without talking a little bit about the Reds. Sure they did not have the years the New York Yankees have had or the St. Louis Cardinals but they have always put together a great team every season.
No matter what happens this offseason I will remain a fan until the day I die and I hope that before that day comes I can witness them win another Championship.