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.
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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.