If you're hanging out in a Skyline Chili or in the Montgomery Inn right now, you already know all about Barry Larkin.
But if you're not someone who has passed through the inimitable 513 area code in the past quarter-century, please listen up. I have some important news for you about this man:[+] EnlargeUS PresswireBarry Larkin had a career .295 batting average and also had a career .371 on-base percentage in 19 years in the majors.
Barry Larkin is one of the greatest shortstops who ever lived. Period.
I'm not sure why this is a fact lost on most of the non-Ohioans on our fine planet. But it's a fact I can assure you is 100 percent true. And because it's true, you should also know this:
Barry Larkin is a Hall of Famer. An easy Hall of Famer.
Fingers crossed. Barry is a Hall of Famer, now I just hope other people realize it.
He was a phenomenally well-rounded player who redefined the position.