2012 MLB Hall of Fame: Reviewing Barry Larkin's Candidacy

Jake WestrichSenior Writer IJanuary 10, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 8:  Barry Larkin #11 of the Cincinnati Reds pumps his fist as he rounds 3rd base after hitting a 3 run home run in the 2nd inning against the Oakland Athletics on June 8, 2004 at the Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland California. The Athletics went on to win 10-6.  (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
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Welcome to Cooperstown, Barry Larkin.

The former Cincinnati Reds shortstop was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted on July 22. This year marks Larkin's third on the ballot. He received 86.4 percent of votes, easily earning the minimum 75 percent necessary for induction.

Larkin wore a Reds uniform for the duration of his career, becoming the 48th Hall of Famer to compete for just one major league team.

Larkin's career highlights include a 1990 World Series Championship, 12 All-Star appearances, three Gold Glove awards, nine Silver Slugger awards and one MVP award.

Larkin was the recipient of the National League MVP award for the 1995 season in which he finished fifth in the NL in both batting average and runs scored, 10th in both hits and on-base percentage and second in stolen bases. Larkin was also awarded a Golden Glove and Silver Slugger for his efforts.

The Reds topped their division that year, finishing with an 85-59 record. They swept the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Division Series, but the Atlanta Braves returned the favor in the NL Championship Series, beating the Reds four games to zero on their way to a World Championship.

Barry Larkin's MVP Season: 1995
Games Runs Hits RBIs HRs Steals BA OBP
131 98 158 66 15 51 .319 .394

The following season, Larkin became the first shortstop to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same year. His 33 home runs were a career high and his 36 stolen bases were the second-most of his career.

The feat has since been accomplished by Alex Rodriguez with the Seattle Mariners in 1998, Jimmy Rollins with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007 and Hanley Ramirez with the Florida Marlins in 2008.

Barry Larkin's 30-30 Season: 1996
Games Runs Hits RBIs HRs Steals BA OBP
152 117 154 89 33 36 .298 .410

During Larkin's 19-year tenure, the Reds posted a 1,515-1,497 record, won their division three times and finished in second place an additional six times.

Barry Larkin's Career Totals: 1986-2004
Games Runs Hits RBIs HRs Steals BA OBP
2,180 1,329 2,340 960 198 379 .295 .371

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