Barry Larkin was nominated to the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday, obtaining 86.4% of the vote on his third time on the ballot. I must say it was a selection that was much deserved.
Being a fan of my beloved Yankees, I have been following Major League Baseball for most of my life. During that time I have associated three things with the Cincinnati Reds: the Big Red Machine, Pete Rose, and Barry Larkin.
Having lived in Cincinnati, OH for almost four years, I can tell you that Larkin’s name around town is golden. And trust me when I say Cincinnati is one of the best baseball towns in this country (with St. Louis being the best).
I know Larkin’s career stats does not wow folks (lifetime .295 hitter, 198 home runs, 2,340 hits, 960 RBIs, and 379 stolen bases), but check out these accomplishments:
- 12× All-Star (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994,1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004)
- World Series champion (1990)
- 3× Gold Glove Award winner (1994, 1995, 1996)
- 9× Silver Slugger Award winner (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999)
- 1995 NL MVP
If those accomplishments do not scream “icon”, I do not know what does.
This is a proud moment for Barry Larkin and his family. It is also a proud moment for people who call – or have once called – Cincinnati home.