Greatest Reds of All-Time: #7

After a week off for Thanksgiving…The 7th greatest Red of all-time is:….Barry Larkin.

Larkin was the face of the Reds in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. He was the captain of the team and its unquestioned leader. Larkin won a world series in 1990 and later the MVP in 1995.

Barry Larkin’s game is very well-rounded as he excelled both in the field and at the dish. Larkin played his whole career in Cincinnati which spanned three decades. He finished his elite career as a .295 hitter with 198 HR, 960 RBI, 379 SB and a .975 fielding percentage at SS, slightly better than Reds’ great Dave Concepcion, who anchored the Reds middle infield during the Big Red Machine years.

Year Tm AB R HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG Awards
1986 CIN 159 27 3 19 8 .283 .320 .403 RoY-7
1987 CIN 439 64 12 43 21 .244 .306 .371
1988 CIN 588 91 12 56 40 .296 .347 .429 AS,SS
1989 CIN 325 47 4 36 10 .342 .375 .446 AS,SS
1990 CIN 614 85 7 67 30 .301 .358 .396 AS,MVP-7,SS
1991 CIN 464 88 20 69 24 .302 .378 .506 AS,MVP-17,SS
1992 CIN 533 76 12 78 15 .304 .377 .454 MVP-12,SS
1993 CIN 384 57 8 51 14 .315 .394 .445 AS
1994 CIN 427 78 9 52 26 .279 .369 .419 AS,GG
1995 CIN 496 98 15 66 51 .319 .394 .492 AS,MVP-1,GG,SS
1996 CIN 517 117 33 89 36 .298 .410 .567 AS,MVP-12,GG,SS
1997 CIN 224 34 4 20 14 .317 .440 .473 AS
1998 CIN 538 93 17 72 26 .309 .397 .504 SS
1999 CIN 583 108 12 75 30 .293 .390 .420 AS,MVP-22,SS
2000 CIN 396 71 11 41 14 .313 .389 .487 AS
2001 CIN 156 29 2 17 3 .256 .373 .372
2002 CIN 507 72 7 47 13 .245 .305 .367
2003 CIN 241 39 2 18 2 .282 .345 .382
2004 CIN 346 55 8 44 2 .289 .352 .419 AS
162 Game Avg. 590 99 15 71 28 .295 .371 .444
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/1/2010.

Larkin was a 12 time all-star with his last all-star appearance being in 2004, his last season. His best year was undoubtedly 1995 when he stole 51 bases and hit .319 with an OPS of .886. In the field, Larkin was a three time gold glove award winner from 1994-1996.

What made Larkin so special was that he was to the Reds what Derek Jeter currently is to the Yankees. He was the face of the franchise, and a consistent force in the lineup that never left despite the common turnover of the roster during his years.

In 1982, when he was drafted by the Reds, they likely had no idea that he would likely go into the Hall of Fame as a Reds about 30 years later. Larkin will likely get into the Hall of Fame sooner rather than later. In his first year on the ballot last year, he received 51.6 percent of vote.

From World Series winner, to MVP, to Hall of Famer, Larkin did it all for the Reds.

If you have missed any of the others in the Greatest Reds of All-Time, you can click the links below to take you directly to that post:
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