- Jim Bowden, ESPN Insider
I spent 14 seasons in the front office of the Cincinnati Reds from 1990 to 2003, the final 11 as the team’s vice president and general manager, and was blessed to watch Barry Larkin roam the left side of the diamond as the Reds’ regular shortstop during my entire tenure. It was an honor not only because Larkin was a future Hall of Famer, but because he represented everything on and off the field that was right about baseball. A man of high character, Larkin was a leader, teacher, motivator, big brother and most of all, a winner. All of those qualities were rewarded today with the news that Larkin has been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.