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|RARE POWER-SPEED COMBO AT SHORTSTOP.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- It wasn't easy to stand out at shortstop in the NL during #28 Ozzie Smith's reign, but 12-time All-Star Barry Larkin managed just fine. Combining exceptional defense with middle-of-the-order offense, Larkin was an NL MVP and the first 30/30 shortstop. He won six Silver Sluggers and three Gold Gloves during his 19-year Hall of Fame career.
- On June 28, 1991, Larkin became the first shortstop to hit five homers over a two-game span. After clubbing two the night before against the Padres, he hit three more against the Astros -- all coming off starter Jim Deshaies -- in an 8-5 victory. In the two games, he went 5-for-8 with nine RBI and five runs scored. Several good-field, no-hit shortstops throughout the league spontaneously punted their gloves into trash cans the next day.
- In '95, Larkin joined Maury Wills as the only shortstops to win a league MVP. He had a .319/.394/.492 slash line, hit 15 homers, drove in 66 and stole 51 bases. He also won his second consecutive Gold Glove.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- In '88, Larkin struck out only 24 times all season, but walked only 41 times. For his career, he struck out 817 times and walked 939.
- Hit 33 homers and stole 36 bases in '96 as a follow up to that MVP season.
- In the last game of the '98 season, Larkin was part of the first all-sibbling infield: brother Stephen Larkin at first, Bret Boone at second and Aaron Boone at third. They didn't turn any double plays nor commit any errors.
- Barry missed significant time during six seasons because of injuries.
- Hit .353 in 19 plate appearances in the Reds' sweep of the Athletics in the '90 World Series.