Is It Time For Larkin?
Barry Larkin

Jan. 6, 2012

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Barry Larkin is flying to New York next week.

While that is the customary rite of players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame -- after the results are announced Monday, there is a press conference with the electees in Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria hotel on Tuesday -- Larkin, the Reds' longtime star shortstop, is coming to the city no matter what.

That's because his teenage daughter is a singer who will be soon be releasing her debut album and is slated to shoot scenes for a music video in Times Square and on top of the Empire State Building.

"To be quite honest," Larkin said, "I'm just playing butler right now."

So while the baseball world examines and scrutinizes every name and every stat of the 27 former players on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, the leading candidate for election by the writers said he's trying to avoid getting bogged down in advance speculation.

"I'm excited about it, but I'm glad I've got other things that are keeping me from sitting and really dwelling on the possibilities," Larkin said Tuesday from his home in the Orlando area.

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