Former Michigan Wolverine and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, Barry Larkin, is back with the organization where he spent all of his illustrious 19-year career in the majors.
The Cincinnati Reds announced on Saturday that Larkin would return to the organization as a Minor League instructor. The Reds' general manager, Walt Jocketty, spoke about Larkin's desire to teach young players in the organization.
"He said he'd like to but talk about maybe a more of an expanded role. We talked about it. When he came to Spring Training, we kind of worked on it some more. We just finalized something now. He still has a lot of commitments even though he doesn't have TV. At the time when I talked to him, in January, the first time, he was still waiting to hear on some TV stuff. Once that was cleared, he was able to spend a lot more time with us."
Larkin will begin his duties in the Reds' Double-A Pensacola affiliate.
Originally joining the University of Michigan on a football scholarship, Larkin denied legendary Wolverine football coach Bo Schembechler to focus solely on baseball full-time. He finished his Wolverine career as a two-time All American and led his team to back-to-back College World Series births in 1983-84. Larkin was also named Big Ten Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons in 1984-85.
Larkin was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.