In honor of Barry Larkin having been voted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, below please find a few things you might not have known about Barry Larkin. These are not all of the things you might not have known about Barry Larkin. They are just some of them. Onward!
Barry Larkin has a brother, named Stephen. Stephen Larkin also played for the Cincinnati Reds. Stephen finished with a career batting average of .333, which is better than Barry's.
Of course, Stephen played in one game and went 1-for-3. Cincinnati's infield in that one game, to close out the 1998 regular season:
1B: S Larkin
2B: B Boone
SS: B Larkin
3B: A Boone
I didn't include the catcher because to hell with the catcher.
Barry Larkin was drafted by the Reds in the second round in 1982. He didn't sign. He was drafted by the Reds again in 1985, this time fourth overall.
Barry Larkin was born in Cincinnati. He went to high school in Cincinnati. He was drafted by Cincinnati, and only ever played for Cincinnati. But in July 2000, he came very close to playing for New York. Cincinnati Enquirer:
Barry Larkin has declined a trade to the New York Mets and will remain with the Reds for the rest of the 2000 season, Reds General Manager Jim Bowden said late Saturday night.
Word has it that the Reds would have received Alex Escobar and two pitchers. Alex Escobar would later end up playing for Cleveland, which is almost Cincinnati.
Barry Larkin has a daughter named Brielle D'Shea, who was named after Shea Stadium. (Barry Larkin liked Shea Stadium.)