Baseball Hall Of Fame
January 9, 2012 by staff
With no shoo-ins among this year’s new candidates, he’s the leading contender to gain election when voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America is announced Monday.
“It’s a shot of immortality. The best of the game in the history – in the history of the game,” he said. “To be emblazoned into that history of the game is a tremendous honor.”
A player needs at least 75 percent to gain election. A 12-time All-Star and the 1995 NL MVP, Larkin fell 75 votes short as Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven were elected last year.
But, of course, there’s always the possibility that no player receives 75 percent. A different sort of baseball shutout.
“I certainly have some anxiety about it, but not really nervous. I have a great perspective on it,” Larkin said during a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “I had a chance to speak to Jim Rice, who got inducted on his 15th time, and he really put me at comfort and ease and said, ‘You know, it’s really out of our hands, and there’s nothing we can really do about it. We don’t campaign for it, and it is what it is.’”
A day after the announcement, the Hall of Fame holds a news conference in New York for anyone voted in. Even if he failed to get the necessary percentage, Larkin will be in Manhattan, to help his 16-year-old daughter CymcoLe put together a music video. She’s performs what he says is a combination of R&B, hip-hop and pop, and they shot footage last week in a Florida aircraft hangar. They plan to get footage at Times Square and the Empire State Building.
That’s taken precedence over focusing on his Hall chances.
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