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Congrats to Larkin

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Congrats to Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, who today was elected to the Hall of Fame. He played in 189 games against the Pirates, facing them more often than any other team except the Astros. Larkin hit .284 with an .811 OPS against Pittsburgh. He played the final game of his 19-year career on Oct. 3, 2004, against Pirates (who won, 2-0). Larkin went 0 for 1 with a walk, grounding into a double play in his last at-bat before being replaced in the lineup by Anderson Machado.

This was the first year I was eligible for a Hall of Fame ballot. My votes went to Larkin, Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell and Lee Smith. They also were the top four vote-getters this year. Morris fell short by 48 votes.  The three former Pirates on the ballot — Tony Womack, Jeromy Burnitz and Terry Mulholland — got a combined total of zero votes overall.

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