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Barry Larkin

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Barry Larkin in 2004

Barry Louis Larkin (born April 28, 1964 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former Major League Baseball player. He was the regular shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds in the National League from 1986 to 2004.

After arriving in the majors, Larkin soon established himself as the logical heir to Dave Concepción's notable legacy. A member of the 1984 U.S. Baseball Olympic team, Larkin has long been considered one of the best shortstops in the game. After starting with Cincinnati in 1986, over the next several seasons he not only improved his overall play, but also grew into the role of team leader, being named the Reds captain before the '97 season (the first player to hold the honor since Concepcion's retirement).

Larkin won the Gold Glove Award from 1994-96, was the NL's MVP in 1995, and has been an 12-time All-Star: in the 1988-91, 1993-97, 1999, 2000, and 2004 seasons. 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.

In his 18-year career with Cincinnati, Larkin has batted for a .295 batting average, with 190 home runs, 918 runs batted in, 1274 runs scored and 377 stolen bases.

Larkin called off a planned retirement ceremony scheduled for October 2, 2004 because he was not sure if he would retire. He did indeed retire, and is now working in the Washington Nationals Organization.

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