-- Barry Larkin was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Monday with plenty of room to spare.
The former Cincinnati Reds shortstop was chosen on 495 of 573 ballots (86 percent) in voting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, well above the necessary 75 percent. Larkin was on the ballot for the third time after falling 75 votes short last year.
"I was absolutely shocked," he said in an interview with ESPN's "SportsCenter" on Monday.
Playing from 1986-04 -- all with his hometown Reds -- Larkin hit .295 with 198 home runs, 960 RBIs, 2,340 hits and 379 stolen bases. A 12-time All-Star, he won the 1995 NL MVP award, three Gold Gloves and the 1990 World Series. In 1996, he became the first shortstop to have 30 homers and 30 steals in a season.
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I realize some people might be annoyed that X player did not get into the hall of fame. Nevertheless, Barry Larkin deserves a thread dedicated to himself.
Larkin was clearly a Hall of Famer.