Baseball Player Won-Loss Records
Home     List of Articles



Barry Larkin

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Barry Larkin

Barry Larkin was elected to the Hall of Fame in his third year of eligibility, 2012, with 86.4% of the vote.

The first table below presents Barry Larkin's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Barry Larkin
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1986CIN22
41
5.44.40.5510.7
1.0
5.24.70.5240.40.7
1987CIN23
125
14.513.90.5100.7
1.8
14.114.40.4950.21.4
1988CIN24
151
22.918.90.5482.4
3.9
22.119.80.5281.53.1
1989CIN25
97
13.69.90.5772.1
3.0
13.010.50.5511.52.3
1990CIN26
158
22.818.60.5512.6
4.1
21.420.00.5171.22.7
1991CIN27
123
19.015.40.5532.2
3.5
19.415.00.5632.53.8
1992CIN28
140
21.316.10.5693.1
4.5
20.616.80.5512.43.8
1993CIN29
100
13.712.30.5271.0
2.0
13.512.40.5210.81.8
1994CIN30
110
16.213.70.5421.6
2.9
15.814.10.5291.32.5
1995CIN31
131
19.915.00.5692.8
4.2
19.115.80.5472.13.5
1996CIN32
152
22.018.40.5452.2
3.9
22.617.80.5602.84.5
1997CIN33
73
8.28.20.5000.2
0.8
9.17.30.5541.11.7
1998CIN34
145
19.916.60.5452.0
3.5
19.816.80.5411.93.3
1999CIN35
161
22.617.50.5642.9
4.5
21.318.70.5331.73.3
2000CIN36
102
11.812.90.477-0.3
0.7
12.612.10.5110.51.5
2001CIN37
45
5.74.70.5460.6
1.0
5.45.00.5170.30.7
2002CIN38
145
13.915.50.472-0.6
0.6
13.715.70.467-0.80.4
2003CIN39
70
7.96.60.5430.7
1.3
7.27.20.5000.10.7
2004CIN40
111
10.810.60.5040.2
1.1
10.810.50.5080.31.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,180
292.1249.40.53927.0
48.2
286.9254.70.53021.843.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
17
2.51.60.617 0.72.42.00.545 0.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,197
294.6251.00.539
48.9
289.3256.70.530 43.4


Barry Larkin: Elite Shortstop
Barry Larkin was named to 12 All-Star teams in his 19-year career and he was the starting National League shortstop 5 times during that time period. All-Star games can be a misleading measure of how good a player was for a number of reasons. One criticism that I frequently hear of Barry Larkin's All-Star game appearances is that the number is exaggerated because Larkin played in the National League instead of the American League. At the start of Barry Larkin's career, the American League featured three Hall-of-Merit players who are remembered as shortstops - Robin Yount, Alan Trammell, and Cal Ripken (less well-remembered, Robin Yount played his last major-league game at shortstop two seasons before Larkin made his major-league debut). At the end of Larkin's career, the AL was again blessed with three shortstops with Hall-of-Fame level talent (although only one looks likely to actually make the Hall of Fame) - Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Nomar Garciaparra. Meanwhile, over in the National League, the only truly great shortstop whose career overlapped with Larkin's was Ozzie Smith.

For his career, however, Barry Larkin was, in fact, one of the best shortstops in major-league history.

The next table presents the top 10 shortstops, measured by career (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) eWins over positional average earned as a shortstop, for all players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

Top 10 Career Shortstops
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Cal Ripken302.4274.30.52425.1
2Alex Rodriguez182.5146.60.55523.0
3Alan Trammell265.7247.20.51819.8
4Pee Wee Reese279.9248.80.52919.8
5Barry Larkin272.2244.80.52619.0
6Arky Vaughan199.6167.80.54318.7
7Ernie Banks168.2138.00.54918.6
8Derek Jeter347.2330.30.51217.9
9Lou Boudreau215.0186.90.53517.2
10Vern Stephens191.6165.60.53615.6


Barry Larkin: Elite Baserunner
One of Barry Larkin's greatest skills on baseball field - perhaps his greatest skill - was baserunning. Larkin's career stolen base total was good, but not great - 379 career stolen bases (89th alltime), top 10 in his league five times (including a 2nd with 51 steals in 1995). While his raw SB total was only good, not necessarily great, his stolen-base success rate was elite: 83.1% (379 SB, 77 CS). Basestealing is Component 1 of Player won-lost records. For his career, Barry Larkin ranks among the top 25 players in Component 1 baserunning wins over non-pitcher average.

Top 25 Baserunners
(Basestealing only)
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Rickey Henderson32.020.00.6155.9
2Tim Raines Sr.18.69.30.6664.4
3Willie Wilson14.77.10.6743.8
4Joe L. Morgan17.110.20.6273.2
5Vince Coleman17.811.20.6133.0
6Bert Campaneris20.013.50.5963.0
7Lou Brock22.916.30.5842.9
8Paul Molitor12.06.20.6602.9
9Davey Lopes12.97.00.6502.8
10Luis Aparicio12.77.60.6262.4
11Ozzie Smith13.99.20.6022.1
12Ron LeFlore11.67.50.6082.0
13Eric Davis8.84.60.6572.0
14Rajai Davis9.96.10.6181.9
15Amos Otis8.04.20.6541.8
16Cesar Cedeno13.69.60.5871.8
17Otis Nixon14.110.30.5771.8
18Jacoby Ellsbury6.93.40.6681.7
19Kenny Lofton12.28.60.5851.7
20Johnny Damon8.14.80.6311.7
21Tommy Harper10.46.80.6041.7
22Marquis Grissom10.46.70.6061.7
23Jimmy Rollins9.45.80.6181.7
24Stan Javier5.72.30.7071.6
25Barry Larkin8.14.80.6301.6

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



In addition to basestealing, baserunning decisions are accumulated in four other components of Player won-lost records: Component 2, advancing on wild pitches and passed balls; Component 7, avoiding double plays on ground-ball outs; Component 8, baserunner outs; and Component 9, baserunner advancement.

While Barry Larkin was very good at basestealing, he excelled in all of the other aspects of baserunning as well. The next table shows the top 25 players in career (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) baserunning, excluding Component 1.

Top 25 Baserunners
(excluding Basestealing)
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Bert Campaneris15.611.10.5842.1
2Robin Yount16.812.80.5682.0
3Willie Wilson12.69.10.5811.8
4Lou Whitaker14.911.40.5671.7
5Willie Mays19.215.30.5581.7
6Willie Davis15.011.20.5721.6
7Tim Raines Sr.15.612.00.5651.6
8Red Schoendienst13.810.20.5741.6
9Johnny Damon14.311.10.5621.6
10Frankie Frisch12.08.60.5831.5
11Kenny Lofton13.610.60.5641.5
12Mickey Mantle13.610.20.5721.5
13Al Kaline17.113.60.5571.5
14Rickey Henderson20.117.10.5411.5
15Paul Molitor17.314.60.5421.3
16Ozzie Guillen9.97.20.5791.3
17Mookie Wilson9.36.40.5931.3
18Dick McAuliffe11.38.30.5771.3
19Bill Bruton10.27.20.5851.3
20Toby Harrah12.710.00.5581.3
21Brett Butler16.413.50.5501.3
22Luis Aparicio17.814.70.5481.3
23Barry Larkin13.310.40.5621.3
24Davey Lopes10.77.90.5751.3
25Rod Carew18.115.40.5401.2

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



In terms of career rank, Larkin ranks higher in non-basestealing baserunning than in basestealing, although he was excellent at both.

And finally, putting it all together, the top 25 players in total career baserunning wins (over non-pitcher average), among all players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

Top 25 Baserunners
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Rickey Henderson52.736.50.5918.0
2Tim Raines Sr.34.620.90.6246.5
3Willie Wilson27.615.90.6355.9
4Bert Campaneris36.224.00.6025.8
5Davey Lopes23.914.60.6214.4
6Paul Molitor29.320.70.5864.3
7Joe L. Morgan36.727.10.5754.2
8Luis Aparicio30.921.80.5864.0
9Vince Coleman26.217.70.5963.9
10Kenny Lofton26.119.00.5793.5
11Lou Brock41.333.20.5543.4
12Willie Davis24.316.90.5903.3
13Johnny Damon22.515.80.5883.3
14Ron LeFlore19.613.10.5993.2
15Willie Mays29.021.80.5703.1
16Otis Nixon23.817.30.5793.0
17Mookie Wilson18.411.90.6083.0
18Tommy Harper21.915.30.5893.0
19Barry Larkin21.615.00.5903.0
20Robin Yount23.718.00.5682.8
21Jimmy Rollins23.317.00.5782.8
22Mickey Mantle18.612.40.6002.8
23Cesar Cedeno27.721.30.5662.8
24Amos Otis19.313.60.5872.8
25Rajai Davis15.710.20.6062.7

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



Barry Larkin: Elite Baseball Player of his Generation
So, what does one of the best shortstops and best baserunners of the past 70+ years translate into, in terms of overall player value?

Barry Larkin's major-league career ran from 1986 through 2004. The next table shows the top 10 players over this time period in pWins over both positional average and replacement level.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 10 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Barry Bonds429.7289.958.2
86.6
1Barry Bonds429.7289.958.2
86.6
2Roger Clemens277.7197.640.7
65.5
2Roger Clemens277.7197.640.7
65.5
3Greg Maddux281.0219.140.5
64.1
3Greg Maddux281.0219.140.5
64.1
4Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson234.3176.432.4
53.3
4Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson234.3176.432.4
53.3
5Pedro J. Martinez159.3104.129.4
43.5
5Barry Larkin292.1249.427.0
48.2
6Barry Larkin292.1249.427.0
48.2
6Tom Glavine239.4208.423.9
45.3
7Alex Rodriguez199.9161.024.2
38.6
7Roberto Alomar314.5280.920.6
44.0
8Tom Glavine239.4208.423.9
45.3
8Pedro J. Martinez159.3104.129.4
43.5
9J. Kevin Brown200.5159.723.8
42.1
9J. Kevin Brown200.5159.723.8
42.1
10Mike Mussina180.1133.723.5
40.6
10Craig Biggio310.0275.318.7
41.8


Barry Larkin was one of the 10 best players, 2 best position players (2 best Barrys), and the single best infielder of his generation. Not bad at all and an easily deserving Hall-of-Famer.



All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

Home     List of Articles