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Larkin asks Reds to cancel retirement ceremony

ST. LOUIS -- Cincinnati shortstop Barry Larkin has asked the
Reds to cancel his retirement ceremonies planned for the final
weekend of the season because he's not sure this will be his last
year.

"Right now, I would like to leave my options as a player open
for 2005," Larkin said in a statement Tuesday.

Larkin, 40, was picked this weekend for his 12th All-Star team.
The Reds' captain was hitting .295 with four homers and 31 RBI
going into Tuesday night's game at St. Louis.

The Reds planned to hold retirement festivities for Larkin on
Oct. 2, the next-to-last day of season, when they played
Pittsburgh.

"Barry has made it known to us that, at this time, he is not
committed to retiring after this season and feels any kind of
ceremony would be inappropriate. We respect his decision," Reds
chief operating officer John Allen said.

Larkin agreed to a $700,000 contract, plus $300,000 in
performance bonuses, after the final game of the 2003 season.

Larkin has played his entire career with the Reds, making his
major league debut in 1986. He helped them win the 1990 World
Series and was the 1995 NL MVP.