Longtime Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin was the only player elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday as the former MVP was named on 86.4 % of the ballots. 75% is required for enshrinement.
Larkin will join the late Ron Santo who got the nod from the Golden Era Committee in December. This year’s ceremony will take place July 22 at the annual celebration in Cooperstown.
Larkin was named to the National League All-Star team 12 times, was awarded three Gold Gloves and was a key member of the Reds’ 1990 World Series championship team. Steady at the plate, the newest HOFer rapped out 2,340 hits over his 19-year career and ended up with an OBP of .371. In his MVP season of 1995 Larkin posted a line of .319/.394/.492 but he followed it up with even better numbers the next year. 1996 saw 33 HR and an OPS of .977.