Ranking the 5 best hitting shortstops in Cincinnati Reds history

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin / Ron Vesely/GettyImages
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1. Best hitting shortstops in Reds history: Barry Larkin (1986-2004)

This choice should come as no surprise. Barry Larkin is head and shoulders above the rest of the Cincinnati Reds shortstops in terms of offensive production. Larkin spent his entire 19-year career in the Queen City and brought home numerous accolades during his Hall of Fame career.

Larkin ranks first among all Reds shortstop in team history in nearly every meaningful category, including home runs, RBIs, doubles, triples, stolen bases and runs scored.

Barry Larkin was a 12-time All-Star and was critical to the 1990 wire-to-wire Cincinnati Reds World Series Championship team. Larkin led that squad in hits (185), was second on the team in triple (6) and on-base percentage (.358).

Larkin wasn't just one of the best hitting shortstops in Cincinnati Reds history, but was one of the best hitters of his era. The infielder took home nine Silver Slugger Awards in his 19-year career. Larkin also won the NL MVP in 1995 due to his offensive outburst.

Barry Larkin wasn't just the best hitting Reds shortstop of all-time, but is one of the best hitting shortstops to ever step on the diamond. Larkin was a 2008 inductee into the Reds Hall of Fame and was honored at Cooperstown in 2012.

Larkin, who's currently part of the team's broadcast team, had his No. 11 retired by the Cincinnati Reds and it hangs above the playing surface at Great American Ball Park.

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