Barry Larkin elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

January, 9, 2012
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Barry Larkin is going to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 47-year-old Larkin is the third former Michigan player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, joining George Sisler (1939) and the former owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey (1967).

Larkin, who wore No. 16 during his time at Michigan and almost played football for the Wolverines, had his number retired in Ann Arbor on May 1, 2010.

He was a two-time college All-American, led Michigan to two College World Series appearances and hit .368 in 1985, his junior year. Larkin was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 1984 and 1985.

He was picked with the No. 4 overall selection in the 1985 MLB Draft by Cincinnati and then spent his entire career with the Reds.

He is the highest drafted player in Michigan history -- followed closely by former pitcher Jim Abbott, who was the No. 8 pick of the California Angels in 1988.

Larkin was already one of four Michigan baseball players inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009, joining Jim Abbott (2007), Rickey (2009) and Sisler (2010).

Larkin is 10th all-time in batting average in Michigan history, hitting .361 in his three-year career. He is third in triples (13), 15th in hits (203) and tied with Mike Dufek for 11th in home runs (26).

In the majors, Larkin hit .295 with 2,340 hits, 198 home runs and 960 RBI in his 19-year career with the Reds. He was a 12-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner, nine-time Silver Slugger winner, won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 1995 and won a World Series title with the Reds in 1990.

Larkin, who almost played football at Michigan for Bo Schembechler before sticking with baseball only, was named to the Hall of Fame in his third year on the ballot.

Michael Rothstein | email

ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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