Larkin elected to Hall

Aug 12, 2020 hprijhpt

first_imgNEW YORK (AP)—Barry Larkin joined with Cal Ripken Jr. in transforming shortstop into a position for powerful bats, not just great gloves. Now he’s following Ripken into the Hall of Fame. The former Cincinnati Reds shortstop was chosen on 495 of 573 ballots (86 percent) in voting announced Monday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, well above the necessary 75 percent. BARRY LARKIN “When I think of Barry, I think of a steady, smart and terrific all-around player both at shortstop and at the plate,” Ripken said. “I wish we had played in the same league, but we were in 11 All-Star Games together and I always enjoyed being around him and talking baseball.”Larkin will be inducted July 22 in Cooperstown.“I’m just incredibly, incredibly moved by this whole experience and so humbled and excited about being the newest member of the Hall of Fame,” he said.Playing from 1986-04—all with his hometown Reds—Larkin hit .295 with 198 home runs, 960 RBIs, 2,340 hits and 379 stolen bases. A 12-time All-Star, he won the 1995 NL MVP award, nine Silver Slugger trophies and three Gold Gloves. He helped the Reds win the 1990 World Series and in 1996 became the first shortstop to have 30 homers and 30 steals in a season.Larkin is the 48th Hall of Famer who spent his entire career with one major league team. He credits Hall of Famer Tony Perez and Dave Concepcion for helping influence his career, and recalled fondly how he learned Spanish to better communicate with his teammates.“Now he’s with us, another guy in the family,” Perez said.last_img

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