Shortstop 'close' to making decision
CINCINNATI -- Barry Larkin's loyalty is nudging him toward retirement.
The All-Star shortstop would like to play another season, but can't commit himself to play for anyone other than his hometown team. He has spent his entire career with the Cincinnati Reds, who rejected his overtures to return for a 20th season.
Larkin said Thursday night that he has turned down offers to start for several other teams because he can't envision himself playing for anyone but the Reds.
"I thought ...
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