Barry Larkin sole Baseball Hall of Fame inductee by BBWAA in 2012
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.