BREAKING: Former Cincinnati Reds Shortstop Barry Larkin Elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame

There will be only one lone member of baseball’s 2012 Hall of Fame class and that man is Barry Larkin. The former Cincinnati Reds shortstop was elected to Cooperstown with 86 percent of the vote in an announcement made by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Monday.

Larkin played all 19 seasons in the big leagues in Cincinnati with the Reds. Considered the best shortstop in baseball during the 1990′s, Larkin won the National League MVP award during the 1995 season. He also won nine silver sluggers, three gold gloves and went to 12 all-star games during his now hall of fame career.

Over the course of his 19 seasons, Larkin had a .295 career average and .371 on-base percentage. Larkin hit 198 home runs to go along with 960 RBI’s and 379 stolen bases.

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    It is somewhat of a travesty that those with voting rights continue to use a possible 10 slots to vote for only one player, but it is even worse when players like Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Fred McGriff, and Dale Murphy continue to lose out on the Hall, while some manage to justify votes for Vinny Castilla (6), Tim Salmon (5), Bill Mueller (4) Brad Radke (2), Javy Lopez (1), and Eric Young (1).

    It certainly shows that there is a problem with letting the media vote instead of placing the rights into the hands of those who deserve it; the Hall members.