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Larkin voted into baseball Hall of Fame

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COOPERSTOWN, NY (FOX19) -

Former Reds shortstop Barry Larkin is joining baseball's elite in the Hall of Fame.

Larkin, a leading candidate for this year's ballot, received 86 percent of the Baseball Writers' Association of America vote, announced Monday.

Larkin spent his entire major league career with the Reds from 1986-04. He hit .295 with 198 home runs, 960 RBIs, 2,340 hits and 379 stolen bases. He won three Gold Gloves, nine Silver Sluggers and the MVP of the 1990 World Series.

"Barry distinguished himself as a tremendous leader and a dominating player," Reds great Johnny Bench said. "Winning a World Series and an MVP plus Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards puts him among the elite players in Reds history."

Larkin will be inducted in to the Hall of Fame during Induction Weekend on July 22 in Cooperstown, along with Ron Santo, who was elected last month by the Veterans Committee.

Larkin is the third Red to spend his entire career in Cincinnati and be elected to the Hall of Fame, joining Johnny Bench and Bid McPhee.

Larkin will also be the first Red in 12 years to be inducted into the Hall of Fame with a Reds cap insignia on his plaque. Sparky Anderson, Tony Perez and McPhee were all inducted in 2000. 

"I'm just incredibly, incredibly moved by this whole experience and so humbled by the experience and so excited about being the newest member of the Hall of Fame," he said on a conference call.

Larkin received 52 percent when he appeared on the ballot for the first time in 2010, then got 62 percent last year when he fell 75 votes short. This year, he received the largest single-year percentage increase to gain election since 1948, when pitcher Herb Pennock was elected with 77.7 percent, a year after finishing with 53.4 percent.

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