Larry Barnes

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Larry Barnes
First baseman
Born: (1974-07-23) July 23, 1974 (age 42)
Bakersfield, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 11, 2001, for the Anaheim Angels
Last MLB appearance
July 31, 2003, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
Batting average .154
Home runs 1
On-base percentage .175

Larry Richard Barnes, Jr. (born July 23, 1974 in Bakersfield, California) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. He attended Bakersfield High School and then Fresno State University.

He was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 1993 Major League Baseball draft, but opted not to sign. In the 1994 Major League Baseball draft, Barnes was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 51st round. Again, he decided it was best for him not to sign. In 1995, he was not even in the draft-he was finally signed as a free agent by the California Angels.

Not only did Barnes-who is 6'1" and 195 pounds-have a good professional rookie season batting-wise, he also did well when it came to pitching. He hit .310 and had 12 stolen bases in 56 games—and also pitched in three games, won two, and had a 2.25 ERA.

Even though he had success pitching in his first pro year, he found minimal success in the years following.

Perhaps Barnes' best professional season came in 1996, when he was playing for the Angels' Single-A, Cedar Rapids Kernels. His statistics for that season:

131 489 84 155 36 5 27 112 9 6 58 101 .317

(Source: The Baseball Cube) After that season, his success simmered off. But, he still performed well enough to earn a promotion. On April 11, 2001, at 26 years old, he made his major league debut with the Angels. His first glimpse of the major leagues as he hit .100 in 40 at-bats. Perhaps one of the shining moments of his season was one of his four hits was a home run.

Barnes has only made one appearance in the majors since his 40 at-bat season with the Angels. In 2003, with the Dodgers, he appeared in 30 games and hit .211. Since then, he has bounced all over the world, playing in Japan(Kintetsu Buffaloes) in 2004 and in the Marlins organization in 2005.

In 2007, Barnes played for the Las Vegas 51s in the Dodgers system, but he was released in August.

Barnes currently resides in Bakersfield, California.

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