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Statement from Reds President and CEO Robert H. Castellini on today's National Baseball Hall of Fame announcement
01/06/2010 5:11 PM ET

"The Cincinnati Reds organization and our entire city always have been and continue to be extremely proud of Barry Larkin. We believe his extraordinary talent eventually will earn him a permanent place in Cooperstown alongside Reds greats Sparky Anderson, Johnny Bench, Warren Giles, Ernie Lombardi, Bill McKechnie, Bid McPhee, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Eppa Rixey and Edd Roush.

"Throughout his entire life both on and off the field, Barry has represented himself and our city with the class and professionalism consistent with the ideals of the Reds, Major League Baseball and the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. He continues to be one of our game's greatest ambassadors and one of the city's favorite sons.

"In receiving almost 52 percent of the vote, we appreciate that Barry's many accomplishments as a player were validated by a majority of the voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America and remain hopeful that even more voters will consider his candidacy next year."

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