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Larkin was still blown away by Pedro

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  January 10, 2012 01:33 PM

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muellerbill11012.jpg6. Bill Mueller (0.7 percent): I'm not a huge fan of giving a player a sentimental vote, though maybe I'm just bitter because Butch Hobson was never on the ballot. But if you're going to give one to any player in Red Sox history, I have no qualms with it being Dave Roberts or the steady guy who drove him in.

7. Tim Salmon (0.9 percent): Thought he might get a couple more votes given his 299 homers, .884 career OPS, and his status as was one of those face-of-the-franchise types with the Angels. Then again, his top career comp, David Justice, got just 0.2 percent of the vote in his one year on the ballot in '08.

8. Javy Lopez (0.2 percent): Whoever voted for him clearly was not familiar with his fine portrayal of a catcher suffering from early-onset rigor mortis with the 2006 Red Sox.

9. As for today's Completely Random Baseball card:

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A doff of the cap to readers @JTrudell and @emcgon, who were quick to name-check Mr. Alfaro when I joked on Twitter yesterday upon the announcement that Barry Larkin had been elected to the Hall of Fame that I still think Oddibe McDowell will be the best big leaguer from the stacked 1984 US Olympic baseball team. (OK -- wasn't joking.) Alfaro shared shortstop on that team with Larkin, but his career ended just as the Reds great's was beginning. Traded by the Braves to the Brewers after one year at Single A in which he hit .193/.344/.272, Alfaro quit pro ball because he wasn't happy that Milwaukee was going to assign him to a low-level team. Hmmm. Seems like when you slug .272 in Single A, you should probably go wherever your glove takes you.

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