On November 13, 1995 — Cincinnati Reds’ shortstop Barry Larkin wins the National League’s Most Valuable Player award, with Colorado outfielder Dante Bichette and Atlanta right-hander Greg Maddux as the runners-up in a close election. The Cincinnati infielder, the first shortstop since Maury Wills in 1962 to cop the prestigious prize, provided excellent defense and batted .319 with 15 homeruns and 51 steals in the strike shortened season to help his team to capture the NL West Division.

Larkin also won the Goldglove his second, his 6th silver slugger and he was selected to his 7th All Star Game.

Larkin received 11 first place votes, Bichette 6 and Madriz 7. It could be argued that Maddux was the most dominant player in 1995, his WAR was 4 above Larkin’s.

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