Is it Larkin’s day?
The National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its election results for the 2012 class today (Monday) at 3 p.m. ET, with coverage beginning on MLB.com and MLB Network at 2 p.m. ET.
Click here for a break down on Larkin and the other candidates, like Jack Morris.
Click here to see the ballots of my MLB.com colleagues that have Hall votes.
My prediction is that only Larkin gets in today and he will be on the high 70s-low 80s percent of the ballots. He needs to be on 75 percent of the BBWAA ballots to get in. Last year, on his second try, he was at 62.1 percent.
Larkin was a lifetime .295 hitter with 198 home runs, 960 RBIs, 2,340 hits, a .371 on-base percentage and 379 stolen bases. Of course, he was part of 1990 World Series championship team and the 1995 National League Most Valuable Player.
Further down the list of accomplishments, Larkin was also a 12-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove winner, a nine-time Silver Slugger.
Compare Larkin to the two other HOF shortstops of his era and he’s as good or better offensively. Larkin had a career .815 OPS (on-base-plus slugging percentage), while Cal Ripken Jr. was at .788 and the lighter hitting Ozzie Smith was at .666. Even Robin Yount, who switched to the outfield in the midst of his career, had a .788 OPS.
In case you’re wondering, there are 10 men in the HOF primarily as Reds:
Sparky Anderson, Johnny Bench, Warren Giles, Ernie Lombardi, Bill McKechnie, Bid McPhee, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Eppa Rixey and Edd Roush.
There are other HOFers that spent parts of their career with the Reds. Some of them include:
Miller Huggins, Frank Robinson, Tom Seaver and Al Simmons.
Unless MLB unexpectedly reverses course on Pete Rose, Larkin could be the last Red to enter the HOF for quite some time. So if it happens today, enjoy it.