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Larkin makes Hall; Palmeiro gets slight increase

Larkin makes Hall; Palmeiro gets slight increase

Former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, who at times was overshadowed at the position by his contemporary -- the Orioles’ Cal Ripken Jr. -- was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame this afternoon.

Larkin, in his second year of eligibility, was named on 86.4 percent (495 votes of 573 ballots) of possible ballots submitted by qualifying members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

A player needs 75 percent inclusion on the ballots to gain enshrinement. The next closest was longtime pitcher Jack Morris, who jumped up from 53.5 percent to 67 percent in his 13th year on the ballot. He’ll have two more chances to be elected by the writers. Former Houston...