Former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin is the sole player elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America for 2012. He received 495 out of 573 votes, which is 86%, well above the needed 75% for election. This was Larkin’s third time on the ballot.
The ceremony will take place July 22 in Cooperstown, New York. Ron Santo, legendary Cubs third baseman who eventually lost both lower legs to diabetes, will also be inducted. Santo was voted in by the Veterans Committee back in December.
“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,” says Larkin, in a conference call with the press.
Larkin was a 12-time all star, who won the NL MVP in 1995 and in 1996, became the first ever shortstop to have 30 home runs and 30 steals in a season. He helped the Reds win a World Series title in 1990.
Next year, the Hall of Fame voting is about to become very interesting, as the ballot will see a lot of steroid-era players have their names added – Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio and Curt Schilling are all eligible for the first time in 2013.
Congratulations to Barry Larkin.