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Larkin hit .289 this season

Updated: October 13, 2004, 8:15 AM ET
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CINCINNATI -- Barry Larkin's stellar 19-year career with his hometown team ended Tuesday with a one-sided phone call.

The Cincinnati Reds informed their captain they aren't interested in keeping him around for another season. Instead, the Reds will replace the 40-year-old shortstop with two unproven youngsters.

Larkin was at his home in Orlando, Fla., when general manager Dan O'Brien and manager Dave Miley -- a former teammate -- called with the decision.

"It wasn't ...

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