Barry Larkin

Barry Larkin - April 2, 2014

Barry Larkin

MLB Analyst

Barry Larkin – a Baseball Hall of Famer and 12-time Major League Baseball All-Star who combined a high batting average with power, speed and good glove at shortstop – joined ESPN as a Baseball Tonight analyst in February 2011.  The 1995 National League MVP, Larkin was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.

Larkin played 19 Major League seasons, all in a Cincinnati Reds uniform, including a World Series Championship in 1990. He batted .353 during that World Series, a four-game sweep of the Oakland A’s.

Larkin posted a career .295 batting average and amassed 2,340 hits with 198 home runs, 960 runs batted in, 1,329 runs scored and 379 stolen bases. A three-time Gold Glove Award winner (1994-96), he was also nine-time Silver Slugger Award winner (1988-92, 1995-96, 1998-99).

In Larkin’s MVP campaign in 1995, he finished sixth in batting average (.319) and second with 51 stolen bases. He was the first shortstop to win MVP honors since Maury Wills in 1962. A year later, he became the first shortstop to join the 30-30 club,  accumulating 33 home runs (a career high) and 36 stolen bases.


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