Barry Larkin, 44, who has spent the last four seasons with the Washington Nationals as a special assistant, is leaving to take a position with the MLB Network, set to launch on Jan. 1. As reported by MLB.com, Larkin was approached by the Nationals with a position within the organization, but declined.
During the final weeks of the 2008 season, however, Larkin was in talks with Bowden about his future with the club. Bowden offered Larkin the first-base coaching job, but Larkin turned it down because of family commitments and business interests outside of baseball. The position eventually went to Marquis Grissom.
"Jim offered me a job, but I needed more flexibility," Larkin said by phone.
The Reds, the team Larkin played for 19 seasons, also offered him a position, but he opted for MLB Network.
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