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Larkin awaits call

Barry Larkin plans to play golf in Florida on Monday morning. Then he’ll return to his home in the Orlando area and await the most prized telephone call in baseball. He is the leading candidate to gain election to baseball Hall of Fame when voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America is announced. A player needs at least 75 percent to gain election. A 12-time All-Star and the 1995 National League MVP, Larkin (pictured right) received 51.6 percent of the votes when he appeared on the ballot for the first time in 2010. His percentage increased to 62.1 percent last year, when he fell 75 votes short as Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven were elected, and his chances figure to be helped by the lack of top newcomers. – Associated Press