Former Major Leaguer Barry Larkin Visits Falcon Little League, Gives Clinic during Trip to Colombia
Retired Major League Baseball great Barry Larkin spent time talking baseball with children in Falcon Little League and conducted several other clinics while visiting Bogota, Cartagena, and Barranquilla, Colombia, as part of the U.S. State Department’s Sports Diplomacy Program.
Mr. Larkin, who played 19 seasons for the Cincinnati Reds, participated in several events and conducted baseball clinics for more than 700 children and coaches during his visit to the South American country. He also spoke on the importance of education, teamwork, and perseverance during a tour of schools.
One of Mr. Larkin’s stops during the week-long trip was at the Falcon Little League in Cartagena. Mr. Larkin, who was introduced to Little League at the age of five, spent time with the players and showed some of the skills that helped him become one of the best shortstops in Major League Baseball over the past 30 years.
Mr. Larkin traveled to Colombia as a part of sports diplomacy envoy in support of developing Little Leagues in the country.
U.S. Ambassador to Colombia, William Brownfield also participated in numerous events with the sports envoy. The Ambassador hosted a reception and youth baseball game as part of the Narcotics Affairs Section’s anti-drug efforts in Cartagena, and he attended a coaching clinic in Barranquilla.
Baranquilla is the home city of Colombia District Administrator Ana. F. Piñeros de Pelaez. Señora Piñeros is the Latin America Region representative on the Little League International Board of Directors.
Mr. Larkin was drafted fourth overall in the first round of the 1985 amateur draft, and made his Major League debut on Aug. 13, 1986. Retiring in 2004 at the age of 40, Mr. Larkin amassed a career batting average of .295, with 2,340 hits, highlighted by 441 doubles, 76 triples and 198 home runs.
At 12-time all-star, Mr. Larkin won three Gold Gloves (1994-96) was a nine-time Silver Slugger award as the best hitter in the National League at his position, and in 1995 was selected as the National League Most Valuable Player. While with the Reds, he also won the 1990 World Series.