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Barry Larkin
Barry Larkin
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Born: April 28, 1964 (1964-04-28) (age 60)
MLB Debut
August 13, 1986 for the Cincinnati Reds
Final game
October 3, 2004 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career Statistics
Batting average     .295
Hits     2340
Stolen bases     379
Career Highlights and Awards

Barry Louis Larkin (born April 28, 1964 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former Major League Baseball player. He attended Moeller High School in suburban Cincinnati, graduating in 1982. Larkin was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds of the National League in the second round of the Amateur Baseball draft, and was offered a football scholarship at the University of Notre Dame and football and baseball scholarships at University of Michigan. He chose to play baseball only at Michigan, and was again drafted by the Reds in 1985, this time in the first round (4th overall). Larkin played shortstop for the Reds from 1986 to 2004 and was one of the pivotal players on the 1990 Reds' World Series winning club.

After arriving in the majors, Larkin battled fellow prospect Kurt Stillwell for the starting shortstop spot but soon established himself as the logical heir to Dave Concepción's notable legacy. A member of the 1984 Baseball Olympic team, Larkin has long been considered one of the best shortstops in the game. After starting with Cincinnati in 1986, over the next several seasons he not only improved his overall play, but also grew into the role of team leader, being named the Reds' captain before the 1997 season (the first player to hold the honor since Concepción's retirement). Also, he learned Spanish in order to build a rapport with his Hispanic teammates.

Larkin won the Gold Glove Award from 1994-96, was the NL's MVP in 1995, and has been a 12-time All-Star: in the 1988-91, 1993-97, 1999, 2000, and 2004 seasons. He became the first major league shortstop to join the 30-30 club when he had 33 home runs and 36 stolen bases in 1996.

In his 18-year career with Cincinnati, Larkin batted for a .295 batting average, with 2340 hits, 198 home runs, 960 runs batted in, 1329 runs scored and 379 stolen bases. Baseball historian and expert Bill James has called Larkin one of the greatest shortstops of all time, ranking him #6 all time in his New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract.

Larkin called off a planned retirement ceremony scheduled for October 2, 2004 because he was not sure if he would retire. He did indeed retire, and was hired by the Washington Nationals as a special assistant to the general manager. In 2008, he signed with the MLB Network as a studio analyst. In 2011 he moved to ESPN to serve as a Baseball Tonight analyst.

He was the bench coach for the United States at the 2009 World Baseball Classic and managed the United States' second-round game against Puerto Rico when U.S. manager Davey Johnson left to attend his stepson's wedding.

The Reds have not issued his #11 jersey since his retirement, and the number was officially retired on August 25, 2012.

In 2010, his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame, Larkin was not elected, garnering 51.6 percent of the vote (75 percent is needed for election). In 2011, he received 62.1 percent of the vote, the highest of non-inducted players and third overall. In 2012, his third year of eligibility, Larkin was voted into the Hall of Fame with 86.4 percent of the vote. He was the 8th Reds player and 24th shortstop inducted to the Hall of Fame.

Larkin's brother, Steve Larkin, also played in the majors (and with the Reds).

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