April 28, 1964 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|August 13, 1986 for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 3, 2004 for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Runs batted in||960|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Vote||86.4% (third ballot)|
|Competitor for United States|
|Silver||1984 Los Angeles||Team|
Barry Louis Larkin (born April 28, 1964) is a retired Major League Baseball (MLB) player. Larkin played shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds from 1986 to 2004 and was one of the pivotal players on the 1990 Reds' World Series championship team. Larkin was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2012 and was inducted on July 22, 2012.
Larkin is considered one of the top players of his era, winning nine Silver Slugger awards and three Gold Glove awards. He was selected to the Major League All-Star Game twelve times, and was elected the 1995 National League Most Valuable Player.
Larkin attended Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati. He played college baseball at the University of Michigan and had his number 16 retired by the school on May 1, 2010. Larkin played with the Vermont Reds on their team that won the 1985 Eastern League Championship and in 1986 was the Rookie of the Year and AAA Player of the Year with the Denver Zephyrs. In all, he played only 177 minor league games in his professional career.
After arriving in the majors, Larkin battled fellow prospect Kurt Stillwell for the starting shortstop spot but soon established himself as the starter. In 1988 Larkin led all major leaguers by striking out only 24 times in 588 at bats. Larkin batted .353 in the 1990 World Series to help lead the Reds to a four-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics. On June 27–28, 1991, Larkin became the first shortstop ever to hit five home runs in the span of two consecutive games. In 1993 he won the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes players who display sportsmanship, community service and on-field ability.
In 1995, Larkin was sixth in batting (.319) and second in stolen bases (51) to win the National League's MVP award, the first by a shortstop since Maury Wills in 1962. He led the Reds to a central division title and the 1995 National League Championship Series, where he batted .389 during the series loss to the eventual champion Atlanta Braves. In 1996, Larkin hit a career-high 33 home runs and stole 36 bases, becoming the first shortstop in Major League history to join the 30-30 club; he arguably had a better season in 1996 than he had in his MVP year of 1995.
Larkin was named the Reds' captain before the 1997 season (the first player to hold the honor since Dave Concepción's retirement). On September 27, 1998 Barry, his brother Stephen Larkin, second baseman Bret Boone, and third baseman Aaron Boone all played the infield at the same time for the last game of the 1998 season, making it the first time in Major League Baseball that two sets of siblings were on the field at the same time. In July 2000, Larkin blocked a blockbuster trade to the New York Mets to remain with the Reds.
Larkin called off a planned retirement ceremony scheduled for October 2, 2004, because he was not sure if he would retire, but indeed he did. In that final season, Larkin hit for a .289 batting average. Commenting on Larkin's retirement after such a strong season, sports columnist Terence Moore drew a comparison to the retirement of Ted Williams. He wrote, "Barry Larkin wasn't quite Williams at the end, but he was in the vicinity when it comes to the big picture... After years of injuries, he showed what a healthy Larkin still could do, but he also showed that he preferred to leave the game more like Williams than just about anybody else you can name in baseball history."
In his 19-year career with Cincinnati, Larkin hit .295 with 2340 hits, 198 home runs, 960 RBI, 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. Despite missing significant playing time in six seasons, Larkin won the Gold Glove Award three times (1994–1996) and was a 12-time All-Star (1988-1991, 1993–1997, 1999, 2000, and 2004). 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.
|Barry Larkin's number 11 was retired by the Cincinnati Reds in 2012.|
After his retirement, Larkin was hired as a special assistant to the general manager in the Washington Nationals organization. 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. Larkin received great applause from Reds fans when he helped host Baseball Tonight's on-the-road coverage of Sunday Night Baseball at GABP on July 24, 2011. Crowd chants of "Barry Larkin" and "Hall of Fame" often caused the anchors to have to talk very loud to be heard. Larkin was coincidentally in Cincinnati for Baseball Tonight on the day of the 2011 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
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. On July 20, 2008, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum inducted Larkin, César Gerónimo, August "Garry" Herrmann, and Joey Jay. The induction was held at the Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati. On Tuesday, March 24, 2009, the College Baseball Foundation announced the names of the ten players and coaches comprising the 2009 National College Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Class, which included Barry Larkin.
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 eighth Reds player and 24th shortstop inducted to the Hall of Fame. On August 25, 2012 his number 11 was retired in an official ceremony at Great American Ball Park.
In 2012, he was invited by the Brazilian Baseball Federation to manage their national team in the qualifiers for the World Baseball classic. Surprisingly Brazil beat the home country Panama qualifying for the first time ever for the event and played in Japan. They were originally scheduled to play in Puerto Rico, but because of the huge Japanese baseball influence in Brazil they made the switch and the team played Cuba and China besides the home country.  The team went winless in its WBC debut and was eliminated after the first round.
Larkin built the Champions Sports Complex to use sports in the social, emotional, and educational development of youth. In 2008, Larkin released a charity wine called "Barry Larkin's Merlot", with 100% of his proceeds supporting Champions Sports Foundation.
On November 3rd, 2013, it was confirmed by Detroit Tigers general manager, Dave Dombrowski, that the organization had intended to interview Larkin for the open managerial position. Larkin declined the interview due the time commitment to the job. Brad Ausmus was officially named the new Tigers manager on November 3rd, 2013. 
Larkin's brother, Stephen Larkin, was also a professional baseball player; he made it to the major leagues for one game with the Reds. Larkin's other brother, Byron Larkin, was a second-team All-American basketball player at Xavier University and is the color commentator on Xavier basketball radio broadcasts. Larkin's eldest brother, Mike, was a captain of the University of Notre Dame's football team in 1985.
Larkin and his wife Lisa have two daughters, Brielle D'Shea and Cymber, and a son, Shane. The family lives in Orlando, Florida. Shane played two seasons at the University of Miami before declaring himself eligible for the 2013 NBA Draft. Larkin's daughters play lacrosse. Brielle D'Shea is named in honor of Shea Stadium, as Larkin enjoyed playing there.
In popular culture
- List of major league players with 2,000 hits
- List of Major League Baseball players with 400 doubles
- List of Major League Baseball players with 1000 runs
- List of Major League Baseball leaders in career stolen bases
- 30-30 club
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- "Barry Larkin Statistics and History". Sports Reference, LLC. baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
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- Larkin nixes deal to Mets
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- Lombardi, Stephen M. (2005). The Baseball Same Game: Finding Comparable Players from the National Pastime. p. 181. ISBN 0-595-35457-2.
- "MLB Network adds Barry Larkin to on-air talent lineup". MLB.com. December 23, 2008. Retrieved December 25, 2008.
- Dougherty, Pete (February 15, 2011). "Larkin joins ESPN as baseball studio analyst". Albany Times Union. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
- Barry Larkin to Manange US Team SI.com, March 13, 2009
- Russel, Shannon (July 20, 2008). "Reds hail HOF inductees". Cincinnati Enquirer.
- "BBWAA Elects "Hawk" to the Hall of Fame". Retrieved January 8, 2011.
- "Barry Larkin falls short of Hall of Fame voting". Retrieved January 8, 2011.
- "Reds to honor Barry Larkin, retire No. 11 jersey", Associated Press. USA Today. August 7, 2012. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
- "Barry Larkin hired by Brazil for WBC". Associated Press. ESPN.com. September 19, 2012.
- "Larkin excited about managing Brazil in Classic", Barry M. Bloom. MLB.com. January 25, 2013.
- Iott, Chris. "MLive.com". Reporter. MLive.com. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
- ESPN news services (August 31, 2004). "Jones has 17 home runs at Shea Stadium". ESPN.com. "Cincinnati shortstop Barry Larkin, who also enjoys playing in New York, named his daughter Brielle D'Shea."
- Izzy's introduces sandwich in Larkin's honor
- Career statistics and player information from ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Baseball Library - article and bio