Barry Larkin Celebrity Life
Barry Larkin, born on 28th April 1964, is a former shortstop American baseball professional who played in the majors from 1986 to 2004 with the Cincinnati Reds. His son Shane Larkin is a professional basketball player too. During his career, he was elected to the All-Star Game 12 times, won nine Silver Bates, three Golden Gloves and in 1995, he was honored with the Most Valuable Player award in the National League.
In the year 2012, he was elected to the Hall of Fame, the eighth player to be exalted exhibiting the Reds uniform. His uniform number (11) was withdrawn by the Reds on August 25, 2012.
Upon being signed in the majors, Barry fought for the Redfield starting shortstop position, a position where he was established from 1987. In the World Series 1990, he hit an average of .353, helping the Reds to be crowned champions in four games against the Oakland Athletics. Between June 27 and 28, 1991, he became the 1st ever shortstop in history to connect 5 home runs in 2 consecutive games. That same season he was elected to his 4th successive All-Star Game.
In the month of January in the year 1992, the Reds contracted Larkin to a contract of $25.6 million for five years. In the 1992 season, he did not make it to the All-Star Game but obtained his fifth successive Silver Bat. In the year 1993, Larkin was honored with Roberto Clemente Prize, thanks to his admirable character and charitable contributions to the community.
In the year 1995, Barry was 6th in average (.319) and 2nd in stolen bases (51), to take the Most Valuable Player award in the National League, the first shortstop to win since Wills Maury in the year 1962. Larkin led the team of Red to the title of the central division and the National League Championship Series, which they lost to the Atlanta Braves eventually in World Series champions. In the year 1996, Larkin became the 1st shortstop to join 30-30 club by hitting 33 home runs & stealing 36 bases.
Barry was named captain of the Reds from the 1997 season, the 1st player to receive such an honor since David Concepción's retirement. That season he lost 55 games due to calf injuries and Achilles tendon. In 1999, he was close to being charged to the Los Angeles Dodgers and in July in the year 2000, he declined a transfer to the New York Mets. That same season, the Reds offered him a contract for three years and $27 million, although he lost 59 games due to injuries to a finger and a knee.
In the year 2001, Larkin suffered an injury in the groin and underwent an operation to remove a hernia, which limited his season to only 45 games. In the year 2002, despite playing 145 games, he recorded a low .245 batting average, mainly due to battling various injuries throughout the season. In 2003, he was twice on the list of disabled due to calf injuries. Barry and Reds signed a 12 months contract for the 2004 season, in which he hit .289.
Larkin announced that he was retiring as a professional player in the month of February 2005.
In the year 2012, Larkin was elected to the Hall of Fame with 86.4% of the votes in his third year on the ballot papers. In 2010, he achieved 51.6%, while in the year 2011, he received 62.1%. He was the eighth player of the Reds and the 24th shortstop to be exalted. On August 25, 2012, his uniform number (11) was removed by the Reds at an official ceremony held at the Great American Ball Park.
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