Monday, January 9, 2012

Pride of Cincinnati now the toast of baseball

The pride of Cincinnati is now the toast of baseball.

Barry Larkin, the long-time shortstop of the Cincinnati Reds, got the good news that he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame after being named on an impressive 86% of the ballots, easily surpassing the 75% threshold required for induction. The Captain of the Reds  will have a fantastic plaque in Cooperstown, shining a well-deserved light on his list of accomplishments, including, but not limited to, 12 All-Star game selections and the 1995 Most Valuable Player Award.

Larkin was the only member of the class of eligible candidates to win induction, although former Minnesota Twins ace Jack Morris came tantalizingly close with 67% of the vote. Perhaps that bodes well for Morris in future years.

I personally love it when players are truly happy about honors such as Hall of Fame induction and there is no doubt that Larkin was genuinely excited and thrilled by the honor. You could not wipe the smile off of his face.

“I could not believe it,” Larkin said of getting the Call. “It was unbelievable.”

Not to us, Barry. Congratulations!

Thanks to the White House for the photo of Barry Larkin, taken alongside former president George W. Bush and members of the armed forces. 

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