NEW YORK — Barry Larkin joined with Cal Ripken Jr. in transforming shortstop into a position for powerful bats, not just great gloves. Now he’s following Ripken into the Hall of Fame.
The former Cincinnati Reds shortstop was chosen on 495 of 573 ballots (86 percent) in voting announced Monday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, well above the necessary 75 percent.
“When I think of Barry, I think of a steady, smart and terrific all-around player both at shortstop and at the plate,” Ripken said. “I wish we had played in the same league, but we were in 11 All-Star Games together and I always enjoyed being around him and talking baseball.”
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