Barry Larkin, a 12-time MLB All-Star, has joined ESPN as a Baseball Tonight analyst and will debut in early March. Larkin played 19 Major League seasons, all in a Cincinnati Reds uniform, including a World Series Championship campaign in 1990. He batted .353 during the 1990 World Series, a four-game sweep of the Oakland A’s.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to work at ESPN with Karl Ravech, John Kruk and Bobby Valentine, Baseball Tonight and the whole crew,” said Larkin. “I’ve heard a lot of great things about the place and I’m looking forward to being a part of the team.”
Larkin posted a career .295 batting average and amassed 2,340 hits, 198 home runs, 960 runs batted in, 1,329 runs scored and 379 stolen bases. Larkin is a three-time Gold Glove Award winner (1994-96) and nine-time Silver Slugger Award winner (1988-92, 1995-96, 1998-99).
He was the National League MVP in 1995, finishing sixth in batting average (.319) and second with 51 stolen bases. He was the first shortstop to win MVP honors since Maury Wills in 1962. Larkin became the first shortstop to join the 30-30 club in 1996, when he accumulated 33 home runs and 36 stolen bases. He set a career-high with 33 home runs in 1996.
Following his retirement in 2004, Larkin became special assistant to the general manager with the Washington Nationals. He transitioned into broadcasting, serving as an analyst for MLB Network from 2008-10.
Larkin was the recipient of the 1993 Roberto Clemente Award and the 1994 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.
Larkin was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum in 2008. He became eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010. He finished third out of 33 players on the 2011 Hall of Fame ballot, the highest of non-inducted players, with 62.1 percent of the vote.
Larkin resides in Orlando with his wife and three children.