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December 16, 2010

Cooperstown 2011: Barry Larkin

Second Year on Ballot (2010 - 51.6%)

PLAYING CAREER:  Cincinnati Reds (1986–2004)

ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career batting average of .295.  2340 hits, 1329 runs scored, 198 home runs, 960 RBI and 379 stolen bases.  1995 National League MVP.  1990 World Series champion.  Three-time Gold Glove winner (1994-1996).  12-time All-Star selection (1988-1991, 1993-1997, 1999, 2000 and 2004).  In 1996, Larkin became the first shortstop to join the 30-30 club with 33 home runs and 36 stolen bases.  Hit .300 or better nine times.


@Dominic_Wolf:  Let barry larkin in the hall of fame god dammit

@CincinnatiReds:  Barry Larkin is 1 of 17 players to make 12+ NL All-Star teams. Larkin is the only 1 eligible for HOF not yet elected.

HOVG THOUGHTS:  With all the hubbub that surrounded Cal Ripken and how he re-defined the position of shortstop over in the American League…Larkin was his equivalent in the National League. To an extent. Dude brought some swagger back to what was a dead Big Red Machine…if only for a few years.

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