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    Who Was The Better Reds Shortstop

    Interesting question that I heard the other day and thought I would pass it on.

    Who was the better Reds shortstop.....Barry Larkin or Dave Concepcion?
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    Re: Who Was The Better Reds Shortstop

    Larkin.

    I'm not old enough to have seen DC play so all I have to go by are statistics. Offensively Larkin trumps him in about every single category except for sacrifices and IBB. All of this in about 800 fewer at bats.

    Defensively they look to be right about the same but like I said, I haven't seen DC play other than the highlight films I have seen.

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    Re: Who Was The Better Reds Shortstop

    Larkin, simply because of offense. Both were great defenders in their day, but Larkin could hit. His MVP trophy is reason enough for him.
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    Re: Who Was The Better Reds Shortstop

    But Concepcion has those gold gloves. Even though Larkin might have the better offensive numbers, wouldn't Concepcion have the edge with his defensive stats?
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    Re: Who Was The Better Reds Shortstop

    Quote Originally Posted by Krusty
    But Concepcion has those gold gloves. Even though Larkin might have the better offensive numbers, wouldn't Concepcion have the edge with his defensive stats?
    Not if he played at the same time as Ozzie.

    Larkin was more athletic then Davey.

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    Re: Who Was The Better Reds Shortstop

    Larkin, no doubt
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    Re: Who Was The Better Reds Shortstop

    Larkin's defense was GG caliber. He has so few Gold Gloves because he was a contemporary of Ozzie Smith.

    And there's no way Concepcion's glove made up for the extra runs Barry Larkin created.
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    Re: Who Was The Better Reds Shortstop

    This is a two part question and answer,IMO. Davey was the best defensively and Larkin was easily the best offensively. How's that for copping out on answering.
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    Re: Who Was The Better Reds Shortstop

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
    Larkin's defense was GG caliber. He has so few Gold Gloves because he was a contemporary of Ozzie Smith.

    And there's no way Concepcion's glove made up for the extra runs Barry Larkin created.
    You've got it right.

    I loved the way Davey played SS, and he defined the way SS was played on astroturf. Personally, I think he belongs in the HoF.

    But Larkin was better, across the board, than Davey. I think Larkin is a for sure HoF (probably not first ballot), and Davey, hopefully will be a Veterans Committee selection someday.

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    Re: Who Was The Better Reds Shortstop

    Larkin, by far.

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    Re: Who Was The Better Reds Shortstop

    Whitey Richardson was far superior.
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    Re: Who Was The Better Reds Shortstop

    Larkin, by far. Davey's stick was pretty awful when he came up and he eventually became a competent MLB hitter. Larkin's offense was stellar. And I'd call their defense equal. I don't think Larkin ever got the appropriate kudos for his defense. He was phenomenal in the field. We really got spoiled as Reds fans with the decades of quality SS play.

    And this is from a guy who thought Kurt Stilwell was the future and couldn't understand why they played this Larkin guy.

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    Re: Who Was The Better Reds Shortstop

    My heart says Davey...My brain says Larkin.

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    Re: Who Was The Better Reds Shortstop

    I am partial to Dave Concepcion. (My childhood poster of him is currently in my boys bedroom).

    I think he was under-rated as a batter because of Bench, Perez etc. He did not produce a lot of RBI's but was a GREAT clutch hitter. I have also heard Marty and Joe talk about this when talking about Davey should be in the Hall of Fame.

    EDIT: I also think he was the pioneer of the ASTRO TURF BOUNCE to first base.
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    Re: Who Was The Better Reds Shortstop

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
    And this is from a guy who thought Kurt Stilwell was the future and couldn't understand why they played this Larkin guy.
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