HE’S IN!

Barry Louis Larkin can now take his rightful place among the immortals as a National Baseball Hall of Famer.

Here’s what the baseball world is saying about Larkin’s HOF selection…

Statement From President and Chief Executive Officer Robert H. Castellini
Regarding Barry Larkin’s Election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame

“The Cincinnati Reds organization and our entire city are thrilled with Barry’s election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. His extraordinary talent has earned him a permanent place in Cooperstown alongside Reds greats Sparky Anderson, Johnny Bench, Warren Giles, Ernie Lombardi, Bill McKechnie, Bid McPhee, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Eppa Rixey and Edd Roush. Throughout his entire life both on and off the field, Barry has represented himself and our city with the class and professionalism consistent with the ideals of the Reds, Major League Baseball and the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. He continues to be one of our game’s greatest ambassadors. We are very proud that his accomplishments have been validated at the highest level by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. We look forward to the induction ceremonies in July.”

Johnny Bench, inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989
“It certainly is a deserving honor for the Cincinnati native and Reds shortstop. Barry distinguished himself as a tremendous leader and a dominating player. Winning a World Series and an MVP plus Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards puts him among the elite players in Reds history. I’m very happy for his family and look forward to being with him in July on the stage in Cooperstown. Congratulations to a class act, on and off the field.”

Joe Morgan, inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990
“Barry Larkin’s election to the Baseball Hall Of Fame comes at a time when statistics are as important as the eye test, and Barry passes both tests. When you watched him play you knew he was a special player.”

Tony Perez, Larkin’s teammate in 1986, inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000
“I’m very happy Barry got in. Now he’s with us, another guy in the family. I’ve seen him play and do great things for the Cincinnati Reds organization and the team. He was a great player, very deserving to belong in the Hall of Fame.”

Cal Ripken, inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007
“For 19 years Barry represented the Cincinnati Reds and the game of baseball so well both on and off the field. When I think of Barry I think of a steady, smart and terrific all-around player both at shortstop and at the plate. I wish we had played in the same league, but we were in 11 All-Star Games together and I always enjoyed being around him and talking baseball.”

Marty Brennaman, recipient of the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence in 2000
“Barry was a great all-around talent. Maybe he was overlooked by some people, as ridiculous as that might sound now, because he never patted himself on the back. He just went out and beat the other team every way he could, with speed, defense, at the plate with surprising power and quiet leadership. Barry Larkin is a Hall of Famer.”

Walt Jocketty, Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager
“The entire Reds family couldn’t be more proud of Barry. Every night, he could beat an opponent with his bat, his speed, his arm, his defense or his intelligence. He truly was one of the great all-around players of his era.”

Dusty Baker, Reds manager
“Barry not only was one of the most talented and gifted players, but he was one of the most intelligent on and off the field. He had great speed but had the ability to slow down the game, so he made very few mistakes. He is one of the few players who maximized the ability he was born with. Barry could do it all. He is the six-tool player all the scouts are looking for now, one with all the baseball skills plus intellect.”

Bobby Cox, former Major League manager
“To me, Barry Larkin was a ‘dream’ player. He was an outstanding leader who had great physical skills. When you look at his all-around talent and ability in the field, at the plate and on the bases, he might very well have been one of the top two or three shortstops of all-time. He really has all the credentials you think of when you talk about Hall of Fame players. If there had been a draft each year for clubs to build their team from scratch, Barry would have been the first or second pick each year over the course of his career. He was just so well rounded and had all the skills.”

Ken Griffey Jr., former teammate
“I honestly can say Barry was the smartest player I ever played with. I am happy not only for him but for the guys who played with him, he made his teammates better. He had a combination of speed and power that changed the way teams started drafting shortstops. As the first 30/30 shortstop, Barry paved the way for guys like Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Nomar Garciaparra. I am  just as excited and happy for his family, because I’ve known the Larkins since 1982. He’s always been like an older brother to me.”

Brandon Phillips, Reds second baseman
“Barry was my idol, and if it weren’t for him I wouldn’t be pursuing my dream and playing baseball right now. Congratulations to him, the Reds and his hometown of Cincinnati. Getting elected to the Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor.”

3 Comments

my man. Barry Larkin much deserved Hall Of Famer

This is great news!

FREAKIN’ A BARRY!! I’m SSSSOOOOOO GLAD that I can say that I had the pleasure and the honor of watching yet another REDS Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame!! And he spent his ENTIRE career with the Reds!! You can thank Mr. Lindner for that!!!

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