Reds' shortstop Barry Larkin voted to Hall-of-Fame
Shortstop Barry Larkin was named on Monday to the Baseball Hall-of-Fame, the class of 2012, as the only member voted in by the writers, joining the late Ron Santo for induction this summer in Cooperstown, NY. Larkin received 86-percent of the votes cast.
Larkin played his entire 19-year career with the Cincinnati Reds, winning a World Series in 1990 with an upset of the heavily favoured A's and the '95 NL MVP, as the Reds again reached the post-season. Larkin has a career .295 average, with 379 steals, 198 home runs and an OPS of .815. He was handed the matle of the NL's best shortstop after Ozzie Smith. Larkin won three Gold Gloves and nine Silver Sluggers for excellence at his position. Larkin became the first 30-30 shortstop, with 33 homers and 36 steals, in '96.
The Hall-of-Fame ceremonies will take place the weekend of July 20-22 at the museum in Cooperstown. Larkin and Santo will be joined by Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, winner of the Spink Award for sportswriting excellence and by Tim McCarver, winner of the Frick Award for his career in broadcasting.