Hall of Famer Barry Larkin Visits Little Leaguers in Ecuador
Barry Larkin, who will be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., this summer, was the featured guest during a U.S. State Department-sponsored event in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Mr. Larkin, who has participated in various Little League-related functions over the years, conducted a training clinic with children from Guayaquil, including players from the Miraflores Little League. Watch the video below (in Spanish).
A former National League Most Valuable Player and World Series Champion, Mr. Larkin’s experiences with Little League include June 2005, when he served as Honorary Commissioner for the 12th “Tee Ball on the South Lawn” game hosted by President George W. Bush at The White House.
Also, in November of 2008, Mr. Larkin spent time talking about 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 all 19 of his Major League seasons for the Cincinnati Reds, is the 24th shortstop to be enshrined and the only electee in the class of 2012 as voted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA).
A nine-time Silver Slugger winner, Mr. Larkin was a member of the Reds squad that swept the Oakland Athletics in the 1990 World Series and the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1995.
The 12-time National League All-Star shortstop and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, collected 86 percent of the vote in his third year on the ballot.
Mr. Larkin, currently a studio analyst for ESPN’s coverage of Major League Baseball, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during this year's ceremonies on July 21-22 in Cooperstown, N.Y., joining legendary Chicago Cubs’ third baseman and Little League graduate Ron Santo, who was elected posthumously to the Hall last month by the Golden Era Committee.
Barry Larkin, 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, recently traveled to Ecuador to participate in an event sponsored by the State Department of the United States. Mr. Larkin, who has been involved in several Little League-related functions over the years, took part in a baseball clinic that included children from Miraflores Little League in Guayaquil.