"We didn't come out here to play tiddlywinks, son."
"Roberto Alomar and Barry Larkin were better players, and neither made it on first ballot." That made me angry. Biggio fWAR 70.5 bWAR 62.5Alomar fWWAR 67.9 bWAR 62.9Larkin fWAR 70.5 bWAR 67.9On what basis is he so sure they were better?
Defense maybe. Larkin played shortstop and played it well. Alomar was considered very good defensive at second base. Maybe slightly better would have been a better description.
Both Fangraph WAR and Baseball Reference WAR incorporate fielding and positional adjustments. They were almost indistinguishable players, and all deserve the HOF.
Larkin and Alomar put up similar (or better value) in significantly less playing time (500-700 fewer games). They've also got Championship rings (Alomar's got two) and twice as many All Star appearances. Larkin's got an MVP; Alomar's got ten Gold Gloves. Even if the mathematical quantitative output was similar, Larkin and Alomar's quality and public perception were much higher...
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