bigh0rt wrote: to date Derek Jeter to boot.
I want to preface this by saying I'm a big Yankees hater. Jeter is far, far better than Larkin offensively. He is approaching all of Larkin's career counting statistics in 7 fewer seasons. In addition, he has a much higher average and a slightly higher OPS. The only area where Larkin would surpass him if they played the same number of years would be in SB (maybe). Larkin was a better defender, but you can count on one hand the number of guys where defense got them in if they didn't have the offensive numbers. Jeter should be first ballot (as I argued in another of your thread hort), Larkin may get in depending on voter's memories. Its just a shame that he hung around long enough to overlap with the hard hitting shortstops of today. Mattingly should not get in nor should Bernie, however I agree that Larkin has a fighting chance.