Barry Larkin Finally Back With Cincinnati Reds

Shaun KriegerContributor IMarch 13, 2010

CHICAGO - JULY 21:  Barry Larkin #11 of the Cincinnati Reds waits for a Chicago Cubs pitch during a game at Wrigley Field on July 21, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Reds 5-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Since Barry Larkin's retirement in 2004 there has been a hole left in the Reds Clubhouse. Finally that hole was filled when Larkin put his number 11 jersey back on this Friday. He told reporters outside his locker that it felt good and it felt natural putting that jersey back on.

He will serve as a special camp instructor for about ten days this spring training. Larkin along with Sean Casey were invited to help out the youngsters.

For those of you who don't remember, Larkin had a change of heart six years ago about retiring, and decided he wanted to come back. The Reds and particularly John Allen did not want that to happen. From that day forward according to his brother Byron Larkin, Barry would never have any  affiliation with the Reds until John Allen was no longer a Red. With new ownership Bob Castelini has brought a new attitude towards former players. He has welcomed all the old timers and his position has been welcomed by many former greats.

For this author I'm just glad that the Captain is back.