New York – Today the announcement came that the Baseball Writers’ Association of America(BBWAA) inducted Barry Larkin, the great shortstop of the Cincinnati Reds as the only member inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY for 2012.
Larkin a 12-time National League All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award winner played his entire 19-year career for his hometown Cincinnati Reds appeared on 86.4 percent of the ballots cast. He is only the 24th shortstop to ever grace the halls and only the 11th to be voted by the BBWAA. Last year Larkin finished third in balloting behind Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven with 62.1 percent of the ballot cast.Â “I’m just incredibly, incredibly excited,” said Barry Larkin, whose name appeared on 495 of the 573 ballots. “This is wonderful. I’m just incredibly, incredibly moved by this whole experience and I’m so humbled. I’m so excited about being the newest member of the Hall.”
Larkin will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during ceremonies in Cooperstown, NY on July 21-22, 2012. The voting is done by the BBWAA with at least 10 consecutive years covering Major League Baseball and can place 10 names on the ballots. A player becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame voting after 5 years of retirement and can remain on the ballot for 15 years provided he receives at least five percent of the votes of total votes each year. There are 207 players in the Hall of Fame and 112 elected by the BBWAA.