Steve, who will turn 44 on July 24, brings a wealth of experience with him as he returns to the Miners coaching staff for a second consecutive season in 2017 in the role of first base coach. His name is a part of a notable moment in Major League Baseball history during the only MLB regular season game in which he appeared. Playing for the Cincinnati Reds on September 27, 1998, Steve played first base, his brother, Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, played shortstop, while fellow Reds Bret Boone played second base and Bret’s younger brother Aaron Boone played third base making the occasion the only time in baseball history that two sets of siblings were on the field at the same time. For the game, which was played versus the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steve went 1-for-3 at the plate.
Steve, a Cincinnati native, played his college ball at the University of Texas, where he appeared for the Longhorns in both the 1992 and 1993 College World Series. He was the 10th round selection of the Texas Rangers in the 1994 MLB Amateur Draft and began a seven-year journey through the minors that saw him play for the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Charleston (SC) River Dogs, the Winston-Salem Warthogs, the Charleston (WV) Alley Cats, and the AA Chattanooga Lookouts. He finished his playing career by playing in the independent professional leagues from 2001-2005. He has stayed connected to the game ever since by working in many instructional camps world-wide on behalf of Major League Baseball in search of future prospects in a player development role. He continues to make his home in Cincinnati. Another brother of Steve, Byron Larkin, was an All-American basketball player at Xavier University.